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.
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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