Singapore held on for the first 27 minutes of play, but they still couldn’t tackle the hosts from the United Arab Emirates, who came out with the 5-2 win at the second day of the Challenge Cup of Asia.

Singapore expected a much rougher outing, especially after getting destroyed 11-0 by Mongolia to open up the tournament on Saturday. Perhaps one of the reasons why they didn’t get beat as badly on Sunday is thanks to the amount of penalties that took place in the opening period. Instead of allowing their opponents to skate away with the victory, Singapore drew 18 minutes in penalties, including a game misconduct to UAE scoring forward Omer Al Shamisi.

A second period outburst, however, allowed the Emirates to take home the victory. At the 27 minute mark of the period, Khalifa Al Mahrouqi got the ball rolling, grabbing his first of three points in the contest on his only goal to end Khai Shene Eugene Chin’s shutout bid. Another quick goal would end Chin’s night, with Chin Ming Kenny Liang allowing his first goal with four minutes left in the second. By then, the Emirates were able to score three goals, good enough to give them the win in what would turn out to be a 5-2 victory for the hosts.

The Emirates, like everyone, will get a chance to take a rest before meeting with Mongolia on Tuesday afternoon. Singapore will play earlier in the day, facing off against Chinese Taipei in a game that should be rather lopsided.

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