After every team sat out Sunday thanks to the holidays, the 2015 Division III World Championships returned in typical fashion, with pre-tournament favourites North Korea and Hong Kong dominating their competition on Monday.
In the first game of the day, Hong Kong battled against Bosnia for their first ever meeting. In Hong Kong’s first contest of the tournament, the team battled for an easy 8-3 victory over their Asian rivals, United Arab Emirates. Luckily for HK, their early tournament schedule has proven to be quite easy, taking down Bosnia with an 8-0 victory to improve to 2-0. Chun Pan Justin Cheng and Alvin Cheuk Him Sham led the way for Hong Kong, scoring two goals each before the game had hit the halfway mark. On the plus side for Bosnia, the game proved to be their most active in the offensive zone, sending 15 shots towards Emerson Keung, the most they have taken all tournament.
In the following game, the Koreans had a very similar result ahead of them thanks to their 7-0 destruction of UAE. Most of the scoring in that game was done before the first period came to a close, with Hyok Ju Kim potting three of his team’s five goals in the opening frame. Kim has had quite the tournament so far, scoring six goals and nine points to be one of the tournament’s top offensive threats.
With the victories, both North Korea and Hong Kong will hold on to perfect records. North Korea will have Tuesday and Wednesday off to rest and prepare for their game against the powerful Luxembourg squad on Thursday, while Hong Kong will look to go 3-0 with an expected victory over Georgia tomorrow.
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