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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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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