Photographer : غازي قفاف – كونا

The hosts from Kuwait dominated the opening game of the Third GCC Ice Hockey Championships, demolishing Oman, 6-0 in the first blowout of the tournament.

Kuwait came into the tournament with high hopes. Hosting the tournament for a second time, Kuwait has finished runner-up to the United Arab Emirates in both editions of the tournament, and with both teams grabbing wins on the opening day, the potential for it to happen once again is likely. Kuwait participated in the Challenge Cup of Asia earlier this year, but unlike this tournament, they had zero luck. In five games, the country lost every single one of them, including a 16-1 failure against Chinese Taipei and a 5-1 loss to UAE.

For Oman, it was their first hockey game since becoming an official member of the IIHF in late May. At the 2012 GCC tournament, they won two games and lost three which was good enough to finish third place and capture their first ever ice hockey medal. This is now the fourth straight loss for Oman against Kuwait, who have now surrendered a total of 33 goals against their much stronger opponents while only scoring one of their own.

In the other game, the Emirates had a fun time taking down Qatar, snagging the 7-1 victory over the brand new hockey country. It was the first loss for Qatar in an official IIHF event, while UAE looks solid for the third straight tournament.

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