Step aside Mexico, Colombia is looking ready to contend for a medal again this year.

On Wednesday, the first day of the Pan-American Ice Hockey Games, Colombia made easy prey of Argentina’s A team, taking home the 8-0 victory to start off the tournament positively. Today, the result was half as good but still as impressive, defeating Mexico’s U17 select squad 6-0 to stay undefeated after just two games.

For Colombia, a solid tournament could help spark potential interest in a Division III World Championship appearance in the near future. A year ago, Colombia managed to overthrow Argentina’s effort, taking a 11-1 victory in the first game of the tournament to secure their first ever hockey victory. In the bronze medal game, the two teams met again, with Colombia once again making easy work of their opponents for the 9-1 victory.

For Mexico’s U17 team, the tournament hasn’t started off too well. Yesterday, Brazil won their first ever hockey game at the expense of Mexico, who’ll have to face the older, stronger Mexican men’s team in game three on Friday. A loss will make it tough for the team to even compete for a bronze medal, but with the country using this tournament as a way of developing some of their younger talents, success wasn’t to be expected ahead of time.

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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: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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