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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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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