The first game of the 2016 Gulf Cup Ice Hockey Championships in Doha, Qatar saw Kuwait take a very easy 17-1 victory over Oman to start the tournament.
The Gulf Cup is a four team event featuring national teams from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar. Held three times previously, UAE pulled away with all three gold medals while Kuwait has been a constant occupant of second. Kuwait, who also plays in the Challenge Cup of Asia with UAE, were expected to come out fighting in this tournament, but probably won’t finish with anything better than a silver.
Their opening game did go rather smoothly, however. The last time Kuwait and Oman opened up the tournament, Kuwait easily took them down 6-0 back in 2014. Kuwait recently earned promotion to the top division of the Challenge Cup of Asia for 2016, leaving Oman behind after a disappointing fourth place finish.
Oman has participated in all three previous Gulf Cup tournaments, with two victories over Bahrain back in 2012, plus one against eventual bronze medal winners Qatar last year, proving to be their only victories in the event.
Kuwait will play the hosts from Qatar on Friday for the second round robin game, while Oman will bide their luck against the powerhouse team from the Emirates in the earlier game.
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