For the third straight time, UAE and Kuwait will meet in the finals of the Gulf Cup Ice Hockey Championships thanks to Kuwait’s close 4-2 victory over Oman on Tuesday.

Like in all the previous matches that saw these two teams battle it out, Kuwait had full control over Oman throughout the contest. Unlike the first game of the tournament, which saw the hosts from Kuwait snag the easy 6-0 victory, they would be limited to just a two goal advantage over the weaker squad from Oman. With the loss, Oman will face Qatar in hopes of winning their second straight bronze medal.

In the other game, the UAE team, ranked top in the preliminary round standings, easily took home the 6-3 victory on Tuesday. UAE came in as the favorites to win it all, having won both previous tournaments back in 2010 and 2012 respectively.

All four teams will get a day off before competing in their respective finals on Thursday.

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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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