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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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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