As expected, team Mongolia was able to roll all over Macau on Saturday, taking the 8-1 victory to begin the 2015 Challenge Cup of Asia.
The game was pretty much over by the get go. Macau, who were promoted from Division I last Spring, struggled to really challenge the defending bronze medalists, who were able to score four goals in the opening period. Despite it being Macau’s best period shot wise (10, compared to 3 each in the second and third periods), Mishigsuren Namjil gave Mongolia the two goal advantage with just 8:29 off the clock in the first. Last year, Namjil was one of the top players at the end of the tournament, leading his team in scoring with 11 points in five games. For good measure, his team was able to score two more goals before the end of the opening frame, securing the 4-0 lead heading into the change room.
Mongolia was able to grab the 5-0 lead before the game was half done thanks to a wrist shot by Shinebayar Tsogtoo, but it wouldn’t be long before Macau put an end to Munkhbold Bayarsaikhan’s shutout. Kit Ka Pong gave Macau their only goal of the contest on the power-play with nine minutes to go in the second, giving the team something to cheer about. The lone goal was the only thing the team was able to muster up, as Mongolia scored an additional three goals to finish off the 8-1 victory, giving them a solid start to the annual Asian tournament.
Mongolia will face the United Arab Emirates tomorrow in a game featuring the two current undefeated countries after day one, with puck drop set for 3:30am EST. Macau, on the other hand, will be forced to take on the favourites from Chinese Taipei, who will look to please the home crowd with a victory at 7am EST on Sunday.
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