Mongolia had absolutely no problem opening up the top division of the Challenge Cup of Asia this year, beating Singapore by a score of 11-0 on Saturday.

The game was decently close for the first period, with Mongolia scoring just two of their goals on their 15 shots. It was also the strongest period for Singapore, who took seven shots, more than their final two periods combined (third period saw just one shot).

Altangerel Ichinorov led the way for Mongolia, scoring four goals in the contest, including the first and final two. It was a very solid result for Ichinorov, who only had three points each at the past two Challenge Cup tournament events, both of which resulted in bronze medals.

Both teams used two goalies in the game, with Chin Ming Kenny Liang allowing six goals in 30 minutes of play, while Khai Shene Eugene Chin let in five goals in 29 minutes. At the other end, both of Mongolia’s goalies pitched a shutout, with Munkhbold Bayarsaikhan making 12 saves in 40 minutes of action.

The of the Challenge Cup is taking place in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The top Asian event has been hosted in the city twice already before, first in 2009 and most recently in 2014. Chinese Taipei, Mongolia, Thailand and Singapore, who were recently promoted, are the five teams taking place after Kuwait had to drop out.

Mongolia will get the night off before facing the might United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. Singapore will get right back into action in the five tournament on Sunday, facing UAE in what should be a very lopsided affair.

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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:

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