South Korea’s last ditch effort to tie the game late in the contest fell flat as Kazakhstan managed to take the contest by a score of 4-2 at the U20 Challenge Cup of Asia.

Despite the loss, Korea was the first one to get on the board. Seong Sik Cho, one of the two Cho’s on the club, gave Korea the 1-0 lead just 32 seconds into the contest. Three minutes later, Kazakh captain Kirill Savitski, who got half of the team’s penalty minutes with 14 in the contest, tied the game at one apiece. With just seven minutes remaining in the opening frame, Arkadi Shestakov turned a Savitski pass into a Kazakhstan goal, giving his team the advantage heading into the second frame.

Just three minutes into the second (see a pattern?) Evgeni Korolinski got the period’s only goal for Kazakhstan after his wrist shot beat Seung Chan Back for the third Kazakh marker of the game. South Korea’s next goal would be their final goal of the game, as defenseman Ji Hyun Cho, the other Cho, cut their opponents lead to just one with just under 20 minutes remaining in the game. The goal would go to waste near the end, however, as Kazakhstan’s Kirill Yadryshnikov managed to score an empty netter with just three seconds remaining (again, three, see?) to give his team the 4-2 victory.

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