Chinese Taipei entered the Challenge Cup of Asia with high hopes on home soil this year, and a 30-0 win against Macau to open the event will surely help with their excitement.

Yup, 30-0.

I’ll spare you the details of all 30 goals, but there were some players that really stood out. And shockingly, those two players weren’t on Taipei. Macau’s two goaltenders, Tong Wai Vong and Wa Chan Tong, combined for an incredible 66 saves on 96 shots on Sunday. 30 goals against is never a positive, but the fact that the two goalies, who don’t play professional hockey anywhere, could make that many saves is impressive.

Last year, Te Lin Chu led Macau to the gold medal at the 2014 Division I Challenge Cup of Asia with a 3-2 effort, giving his team the surprise championship. The victory earned Macau a spot in the top division for this year, but Chu was unable to represent the team this year, leaving Wai Vong and Chan Tong with the responsibility of tending the net.

Wai Vong saw the most amount of action, allowing 20 goals on 55 shots for 35 saves in just under two full periods of action. Wa Tong played just a full period of action, allowing ten goals on 41 shots as Taipei really began to pepper the Macau net with shots. Surprisingly, neither goalie would come out with the Best Player award for Macau, with defenseman Chon Kong Leong taking the award at the end of the game.

It is worth pointing out that Macau came to the tournament severely underfunded. Unlike Chinese Taipei, who dressed 22 players on Sunday, Macau only had 18 players available to them due to costs. Macau will look to soften the blow when they take on Thailand on Tuesday, who dropped a 5-2 decision to the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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