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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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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