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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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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