Mongolia may have had control of the shot count at the end, but the United Arab Emirates made those most of their chances by grabbing the 6-1 victory to improve to 2-0.

Mongolia knew they weren’t the favourites heading into the contest, but they knew if they stood a chance, they’d have to pepper Ahmed Al Dhaheri with shots from everywhere. They were able to fire 15 shots towards Al Dhareri in the first, but a late shorthanded marker from Juma Al Dhaheri helped give UAE The 1-0 lead after a period of action.

The second period saw UAE start to really take control of the game, finishing the period with the 3-0 advantage. Yahya Al Jneibi scored quickly in the second, potting a goal just nine seconds after Mongolia’s period-opening penalty resulted in no goals. Three minutes later, Mongolia’s ongoing parade to the box hurt them on the scoreboard as Omar Al Shamisi put one past the Mongolian netminder to secure the 3-0 lead before the game was half over.

The Emirates were able to add an extra three goals late in the game, but the real story wasn’t the offense. With four minutes to go, Juma Al Dhaheri hit an opposing player from behind, causing a scrum immediately afterwards. The hit resulted in a game misconduct, meaning one of UAE’s best players will be forced to sit out the Emirates game against Macau on Tuesday. Luckily, Macau comes in as the lowest ranked team in the event so they should be fine, and with a 2-0 record to start the Challenge Cup of Asia, UAE should be fine once the tournament gets down to the wire.

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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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