Kyrgyzstan looked like the favorites heading into the finals. With a 6-3 victory over Singapore and 6-2 and 16-2 demolitions of India, all they needed was another victory against Macau to take home the 2014 Division I Challenge Cup of Asia on home turf.
That didn’t happen. Macau, who just barely got past Singapore with a 2-1 victory on Saturday, only needed to score one goal in the third period to get past Kyrgyzstan to make it 5-4, good enough to secure the championship for the first time.
The victory didn’t come easy for Macau. Te Lin Chu, a goaltender who has represented Macau in two tournaments prior to this year, had to make 87 saves in just 60 minutes of ice time. Don’t see that every day!
The top division for the Challenge Cup of Asia is set to take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from March 16-22. 2014. Chinese Taipei will look to defend their gold against the likes of Hong Kong, Mongolia, Kuwait, Thailand and United Arab Emirates.
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