Mongolia and the United Arab Emirates played to the second closest match of the Challenge Cup of Asia so far, with the hosts from the Emirates taking the 5-1 victory to keep their perfect record.

Omar Al Shamisi led the way for UAE, scoring three goals and four points in a very dominant effort for the forward. His single game effort on Tuesday was good enough to tie both point totals he had at the Challenge Cup of Asia and Division III World Championships a year ago, a team he is an assistant captain on.

Ahmed Al Dhaheri continued his strong play between the pipes. After finishing as the top goaltender of the tournament a year ago, Al Dhaheri allowed just his fourth goal of the tournament in three games, keeping him near the top of the goaltending ranks with two game days left to go.

With the win, the Untied Arab Emirates will focus their attention on the gold medal game against three-time defending tournament champions Chinese Taipei on Friday. If Taipei manages to lose to Mongolia on Wednesday, they can still win the tournament by beating UAE when they meet up to end the tournament. The same ruling applies if Taipei does beat Mongolia, as the winner of the game will end up with the gold medal.

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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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