A day after losing 6-5 in the shootout during their first ever national team game, Macedonia finished their weekend exhibition series with Bulgaria with a 4-3 victory, their inaugural win as a hockey team.

The match-up on Sunday saw a great performance from Jure Vnuk, who scored two goals the night before for Macedonia. He managed to do the exact same thing on Sunday, scoring two of the three goals to go along with an additional goal by Davor Atanasov. The game wasn’t decided in regulation, however, as George Iskrenov, Atanas Kovachev and Kristyan Markova all scored for the Bulgarian U20 team, forcing the game to the shootout. Unlike on Saturday, Macedonia was able to outscore their Bulgarian opponents, taking the 4-3 victory after the one-on-one skills competition.

After a 1-2 record all-time for Macedonia, the team will now look towards future competitions in 2015. In October, the Macedonian Hockey Federation announced a four game exhibition series against Bosnia and Herzegovina, but no dates have been confirmed just yet.

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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: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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