The Challenge Cup of Asia tournament favourites from Chinese Taipei got off to an incredible start, beating Thailand by a score of 8-1.

Thailand wasn’t expecting anything more than their result on Sunday thanks to a disappointing 6-1 loss to the United Arab Emirates the day before. They did, however, get a goal in the first period with five minutes left, as Masato Kitayama, the lone goal scorer for Thailand yesterday, got the only goal for his team once again.

Defenseman Yen-Lin Shen posted an impressive three points for Taipei, which comes as no surprise to those who follow the tournament. The three-time tournament gold medalist has recorded the most points by a defenseman over the past two season, posting eight and nine points in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Ping-En Lu was also solid for Taipei, earning the best player award for his team after posting two goals of his own, including the first and last.

Both teams will get the day off on Monday, with Taipei playing their second game on Monday against Singapore, the newest team in the top division. Thailand will have two days off before their Wednesday meeting with Singapore, a game they should walk away with a win in.

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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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