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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