Just over 24 hours after beating Argentina’s B squad 19-0, Mexico made sure to keep the home fans happy by defeating Argentina’s A team 9-1 on Thursday night.
Mexico’s strength heading into the tournament was undisputed. A year ago, the hosts of the Pan-American Ice Hockey Games managed to secure the silver medal after a 7-0 loss to Canada in the finals. This year, however, the team came in as the clear favourites thanks to Canada’s departure from the tournament. Featuring many of the star players from their World Championship effort, including Adrian Cervantes, Carlos Gomez and Alfonso de Alba, Mexico is expected to find themselves competing for the top prize again by the end of the week.
Both teams are back in action again on Friday. For Argentina, who brought two teams to the tournament this year after a fourth place finish in 2014, the team will face the undefeated Colombians at 11:30am EST. A year ago, Colombia made sure to have the final laugh, defeating Argentina 11-1 to win their first ever hockey game in just their first try. For Mexico, the favourites will play the Mexican U17 team, who have struggled to find their traction in the early going of the tournament.
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