Singapore’s Challenge Cup of Asia effort has come to a close with a 7-1 loss to Thailand on Wednesday.
Rattarut Surasirirattanasin got the ball rolling just six minutes into the game, capitalizing on the power play to give Thailand the 1-0 lead six minutes in. Surasirirattansin had a strong game for Thailand, scoring three goals and addidng an extra assist to lead his country offensively.
19-year-old forward Hideki Nagayama, one of the top rising hockey stars in Thailand, would score his first of two goals about five minutes after to give his team the 2-0 lead, which proved to be the game-winning goal with 49 minutes left to go.
Perhaps the biggest name in the game was Likit Neimwan, a Thai-born defenseman with Swedish connections. Neimwan, among other places, played in 290 ECHL games from 1999-2006, one of the leading affiliates for NHL teams in North America. Neimwan had three points for Thailand, with the most successful player from the country getting a goal and two assists.
Singapore got just one goal in the contest, with Jun Hao Zhu grabbing his first goal in three tournaments to put his team on the board in the final game of the tournament.
With the loss, Singapore will finish the tournament without a win in their first year back in the top division of the Challenge Cup since 2013, despite being close at points throughout the event. Thailand finished the tournament in fourth place thanks to the win, with a chance of overcoming Mongolia with a win on Friday.
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