Team Thailand has grabbed their first hockey win of the year, defeating Macau by a score of 4-1 on Tuesday to earn three points at the Challenge Cup of Asia.

In a battle between the two weakest teams at the tournament, there wasn’t a whole lot to expect. Macau’s most recent contest saw them drop a 30-0 decision, the highest of the tournament to date. Thailand, on the other hand, played to a 9-0 smokefest against the hosts from Taipei City, the second biggest deficit of the event to date.

Regardless of previous action, the two teams came in to the game knowing that this game could have been the difference between finishing 4th and finishing dead last in 5th. With that in mind, Thailand’s Arhit Thamwongsin got the ball rolling with a goal 10:50 into the contest, giving the team in the darker jerseys the 1-0 lead. The game winning goal was scored six minutes after that as Tewin Chartsuwan fired one past Chan Wa Tong, giving Thailand the 2-0 lead.

Thailand was able to score an additional two goals in the second frame, a period that saw the team fire 24 shots towards Wa Tong. Macau was able to get one of their own in the third, as Katsuyoshi Shinoda gave his country just their second goal of the tournament, but at that point it was too late as Thailand finished with the 4-1 victory.

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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: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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