With time winding down in the 2015 Division III World Championships, the United Arab Emirates ended Bosnia and Herzegovina’s tournament with their first victory of the event, snagging the 5-2 decision.

UAE’s power-play gave the favoured team the early contest lead. Seven minutes in, Omar Al Shamisi grabbed his second marker of the tournament to give his team the 1-0 lead right off the bat. Al Shamisi almost made it 2-0 just five minutes later when he was awarded a penalty shot, but was unsuccessful after being unable to beat Bosnian puck stopper Dino Pasovic. UAE did end the period with a 2-0 lead, however, as Faisal Al Blooshi capitalized on a double-minor for high sticking to Bosnia to start off strong heading into the middle frame.

The second period was far from successful for the Emirates, however. For the only time in the game, Bosnia managed to out-shoot their rivals 13-11, evidence of their improvement throughout the tournament. UAE found Haris Mrkva to be a big nuisance, scoring two goals for the first and only two goal period by the Bosnia in the entire tournament.

Mrkva’s two goal period proved to be the final bit of success for Bosnia. Despite not scoring another goal, they managed to keep the game tied at one apiece for the majority of the third period. That all changed with three minutes left when Al Shamisi managed to pot his second of the night, giving his team the game-winning goal. UAE would get two more goals shortly after before the clock winded down, giving the team their first win of the tournament with a game still remaining.

With the victory, UAE will battle Georgia for fifth place on Sunday afternoon. Bosnia, however, will finish the tournament with three goals and zero wins, not unexpected for a team participating in their first Division III World Championship event.

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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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