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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