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Mexico Wins First Ever Ice Hockey Gold at Pan-Am

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By Steve Ellis – Eurohockey. com

On the night of game six of the Stanley Cup finals, Mexico managed to finally secure their very first gold medal after beating Colombia 1-0 on home ice at the fourth Pan-American Ice Hockey Games.

Mexico was hungry to score the first goal of the contest after a dominant tournament from the start. In the past three tournaments, Mexico failed to take home the gold medal, including the past two years when Colombia took the victory.

In the dying minutes of the first, Mexico struck first. After countless opportunities in the opening period, Adrian Padilla made it 1-0 after staying close around the net and knocking in a rebound past Zack Frost, giving the hosts the advantage heading into the second frame. It turned out to be the only goal the team would need, defeating Colombia for their first ever gold medal, not only at the Pan-Am, but in men’s ice hockey competition.

The win capped off a perfect tournament for Mexico, who won all six games en route to a gold medal. The win comes after two straight losses to Colombia in the finals and a big defeat at the hands of Canada back in 2014, which resulted in silver medals all three years.

Earlier in the day, Argentina, who won just one previous game at the tournament this year, pulled off a 6-1 win over Mexico’s U18 team to secure their first medal. It was just their third win ever in hockey competition after beating Brazil 5-3 in 2014 and Chile 26-0 to start the tournament this year.

Shutouts Spotlight the Action in Mexico Day Five

By Steve Ellis – Euro hockey.com

Shutouts by Colombia and Brazil start action on Friday at the Pan-Am Ice Hockey Games.

 Colombia B 5, Argentina B 0

A dominant effort on Friday has given Colombia’s B team their first win of the 2017 Pan-American Ice Hockey Games thanks to a 5-0 victory over Argentina’s B team.

It has been a rough tournament for Colombia Rojo, who have seen their A team counterparts win all their games so far. For Colombia, the team knew that Argentina’s B team would be their best bet in the tournament after losing twice to Brazil’s top squad.

So far, Pablo Llinas has been Colombia’s top forward with two goals. Josafat Triana is the only other skater with two points, while William Martinez, Nestor Rojas and Kelsey Murkin have all contributed goals.

Brazil A 16, Brazil B 0

Brazil’s fifth victory ever was their biggest in their short history in ice hockey, but it came at the expense of their weaker team, Brazil B.

it was the second straight shutout for Brazil, who defeated Colombia B 7-0 on Thursday. Andreas Diego Mindell has been very strong for Brazil, posting four goals and four assists for eight points. Bruno Gomes has also  been tremendous, putting up three goals and three assists, while Gustavo Tecchio has five points from the blue line. Brazil won’t have any time to rest as they’ll face Argentina B later in the day. Brazil has two games still left to play, with Chile and Argentina B on tap before the medal round on Sunday.

Colombia B 6, Chile 0

For the second time in a few hour span, Colombia’s B team finished with a shutout.

This time, it came at the hands of Chile, who won their very first two games on Thursday. For Colombia, it gave them hope that they could grab another win on the weekend, but with just two wins overall.

Brazil B 3, Argentina B 2

Brazil’s B team became the final team to win a game at the Pan-Am tournament, defeating Argentina’s B team 3-2.

It was the second loss of the day for Argentina’s B team, who have yet to win in three playoff games. Their only win came on day one when they beat Brazil’s B team 6-1, struggling to score ever since.

Mexico B 2, Argentina 1

Mexico B grabbed their first victory of the second round to tie them with Mexico and Colombia for first in the second round.  

Mexico only has two goals in the final round after getting shutout in their first game. The win did put them ahead of Argentina, who sit fourth in the final round after losing both of their opening games. 

Mexico  2, Colombia 1

Mexico win a close encounter with the defending champions to remain in first place. Mexico has only given up one goal in the second round.

Colombia and Brazil Look Good, Chile Makes History Day Four

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By Steve Ellis – Eurohockey.com

Colombia A 6, Mexico B 0

Two-time defending champions Colombia began the playoff round at the Pan-American Ice Hockey Games with a 6-0 win over Mexico’s B team, keeping them in perfect standing after three contests.

The team has been dominant from the get go, beating Brazil’s B team 11-0 before tackling Argentina’s B team 8-1. The team will face Chile tomorrow afternoon in what should be a lopsided match before tackling Mexico in a big heavyweight battle on Friday night.

Chile 6, Brazil B 0

In a shocking result, Chile has won their first ever ice hockey game in just their third attempt after beating Brazil’s B team 6-0.

Carlos Valdebenito was the star for Chile, scoring three goals and adding an assist for a team that had yet to score in any previous contest. Cristobal Vega, Miguel Villarroel and Stephane Binnebeek all contributed goals for the team that had only nine players on the roster.

The win is the first ever for Chile, who The Chilean Ice and Inline Hockey Federation was joined the IIHF in 2000, becoming the third South American country to do so. The country currently has three ice rinks, with Punta Arenas playing host to the annual Copa Invernada tournament each July. The team does participate in IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship and FIRS Inline Hockey World Championship tournaments, but had never played in an international hockey event until this week.

The win came during the first day of playoff action at the Pan-Am tournament, with Chile playing a second game against Argentina later in the day.

To watch the game in it’s entirety, click here.

Brazil A 7, Colombia B 0

Brazil’s top team now has two wins at the Pan-Am tournament after defeating Colombia 7-0 on Thursday.

It was a big win for Brazil, who now have four wins in the history of their country. It was the second straight win for Brazil over Colombia Rojo, who they beat 4-1 a day before. Brazil’s only loss to date came on Tuesday after the team lost a 2-1 thriller to Mexico’s B squad.

Brazil will now look towards playing their friends, Brazil B, before facing both Chile and Argentina B on Saturday and Sunday.

Chile 4, Argentina B 3

Thursday was an incredible day for Chile, who pulled off a thrilling 4-3 victory over Argentina later in the morning.

For Chile, winning two games against more established nations despite having a smaller roster proves that the team is starting to truly work well together. Argentina’s loss was a disappointing one for them, with their previous game resulting in an 8-1 defeat to the hands of Colombia. They did score a victory earlier in the tournament, beating Brazil’s B team 6-1, but couldn’t overcome Chile on Thursday.

Mexico 9,  Argentina 0

In the last game of night Mexico moved into first place with an easy win over there rivals Argentina. 

Pan-Am: Brazil, Mexico and Colombia Victorious on Day Three

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By Steven Ellis Eurohockey.com

Colombia A 8, Argentina B 1

One of the pre-tournament favourites, Colombia, will finish the preliminary round with an 8-1 victory over Argentina B on Wednesday afternoon.

Nathan Jones was the star of the opening round of the tournament, scoring an extra goal to go on top of the four goal game on Monday. Alejandro Villalon and Kevin Medina had three markers each while Juan Diego Fierro scored four goals and an assist. 

Argentina finished the opening round with a win and a loss, having beaten Brazil’s B team 6-1 on Tuesday. 

Brazil A 4, Colombia B 1

For just the third time in the history of their team, Brazil was victorious on the ice after beating Colombia’s B squad 4-1.

Luis Custodio, Joao Vasconcelos, Henrique Deganoi and Daniel Vannuchi all scored for Brazil, giving the team five different goal scorers for five goals over two games. Allen Ruane was strong in both performances, allowing just three goals for a team that’s hoping to improve on a previous bronze medal performance.

Colombia’s opening round was tough, with the team recording just a single goal. An individual effort by Kelsey Murkin provided to be the team’s only goal in two games of action, while the squad allowed 11 goals.

Mexico A 5, Argentina A 0

In the final game of the round robin, Mexico’s top team finished with a 5-0 victory over Argentina on Wednesday.

Star player Carlos Gomez finished the preliminary round as Mexico’s best player, posting three goals and four assists for seven points. Guillermo Martinez and Jorge Perez Luethje scored three goals each, while defenseman Thomas Giorgi had four goals and two assists.

In two previous meetings at the Pan-Am, Mexico took home 9-1 and 10-1 victories, meaning that the loss on Wednesday was the closest Argentina has been when facing the Division IIB World Championship team.

Pan-Am: Argentina Wins Big, Mexico Sweeps on Day 2

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By Steve Ellis – Eurohockey.com

Brazil lost both games they took part in as Argentina and Mexico swept their games on Tuesday.

Argentina B 6, Brazil B 1

Argentina’s B team has secured their first win of the 2017 Pan-American Ice Hockey Tournament with a victory over Brazil’s B squad on Tuesday.

The game started well for Argentina, who controlled most of the early pressure. Eventually, the team’s hard work paid off with the first goal of the game coming midway through the first period. 

But Brazil wasn’t interested in trailing for long. Mauro Bontempo De Souza would score the first goal for the Brazilians, but Argentina would score less than a minute later to take the 2-1 lead. They’d extend their lead even further in the final minute of the third, using relentless pressure to take the two-goal advantage into the middle frame. Argentina would score three more in the third to finish off the 6-1 victory, starting their tournament on a high note.

Mexico B 2, Brazil A 1

Mexico’s B squad has taken their first win of the tournament following a 2-1 win in a thriller against Brazil A.

The story of the game was Allen Edgard Ruane in net for Brazil. A veteran for the Brazilian national team, Ruane was a popular player after making stops on all of Mexico’s top stars, showing great speed with his leg movement. Unfortunately for the team, a chance by Mexico would give the team the lead halfway through the game, putting the hosts back on top.

But minutes later, Gustavo Tecchio made it 1-1. Tecchio kept his country in the game by receiving a pass in close and jamming it past Mexico’s netminder, knotting the contest up at one apiece.

Mexico, using their second best team at the tournament, came in as underdogs, but came out on top thanks to a third period goal. Ruane wasn’t able to stop everything despite a magnificent performance, as eventually Mexico found a way past him late in the game to take the 2-1 lead and take the victory in the process.

Mexico A 17, Chile 0

In what could have ended up being the most one-sided game of the tournament, Mexico’s A squad defeated Chile by a score of 17-0 to end off action on Tuesday.

Guillermo Martinez and Jorge Luethje led the way with three goals each, while both Carlos Eduardo Gomez Lopez and Santiago Sierra Sanchez Medal posted two goals and two assists each.

It was a game where people expected a much higher deficit, especially after Argentina beat Chile’s nine players by a score of 26-0 on opening day. Mexico perhaps was not playing at full strength, but are looking forward to their final pre-tournament game against Argentina on Wednesday evening.

Pan-Am: Argentina, Colombia and Mexico Score Shutouts on Day One

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By Steve Ellis – Eurohockey.com

Argentina scored just their second ever victory and Colombia started their tournament with a big victory at the 2017 Pan-American Ice Hockey Games.

Argentina 26, Chile 0

In Chile’s very first ice hockey game, Argentina’s top team managed to record the biggest victory in the four year history of the Pan-American Ice Hockey Games with a 26-0 win to begin the 2017 tournament.

The win was a historic one, and not just for the score. The match was the first ever that Chile played in an international tournament, with the team expected to show growing pains in their inaugural event. The Chilean Ice and Inline Hockey Federation was joined the IIHF in 2000, becoming the third South American country to do so. The country currently has three ice rinks, with Punta Arenas playing host to the annual Copa Invernada tournament each July.

With the win, Argentina put themselves in the history book with the biggest victory ever at the tournament. Previously, Mexico beat Argentina’s B team 19-0 in 2015, which was the biggest victory ever until today. Argentina has only won one previous game against other nations, having beaten Brazil in the inaugural Pan-American tournament in 2014.

Colombia 11, Brazil B 0

In a meeting of last year’s champions and Brazil’s second best team, Colombia managed to take an easy 11-0 victory to start off their tournament.

Nathan Jones was the star of the game, posting four of the team’s 11 goals. Juan Diego Fierro and Kevin Medina and scored twice to add to the score sheet while Alejandro Villalon, Felipe Sanchez and Nicolas Fierro scored a goal each. Zack Frost posted a shutout in the game, with Colombia taking a victory in a game they expected to win from the start.

Mexico B 7, Colombia B 0

In the first game of Group C action, Mexico finished off a perfect day for winning teams at the Pan-Am tournament with the third consecutive shutout.

Mexico was dominant from the start, taking a 3-0 lead early on. The team kept the battle rolling with three more goals in the second, allowing just one shot in the first 17 minutes of the middle frame. The Mexicans would add an extra marker in the third, scoring seven times to take the 7-0 win.

Kuwait Wins DI Challenge Cup of Asia After 13-0 Win

By Steve Ellis – Eurohockey.com

Kuwait easily won the gold medal at the 2017 Division I Challenge Cup of Asia event, beating Oman 13-0 in the final game.

It was an easy game from start to finish, with Kuwait taking a 5-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. Ahmad Al Ajmi scored three of his five goals in the opening frame, eventually earning the top player award for the game. Al Ajmi was also named tournament MVP thanks to posting 11 goals and 17 points in just three games for Kuwait.

Abdulaziz Sheftail was also on top of his game, scoring twice and adding four assists to finish with six points on the night.

Jasem Al Sarraf stopped all 16 shots he faced, resulting in a perfect 2-0 record with no goals allowed on 24 shots overall.

Kuwait was able to secure their second gold medal at the Division I tournament, with the team beating Singapore to win gold back in 2015. India managed to come second place while Oman finished third and Macau came last with zero points.

 

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Countries hoping for 2018 IIHF World Championships qualification head to Kiev

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By George Thorpe – Inside The Games

Teams will be looking to qualify for next year’s International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships when the Division I competition starts in Kiev tomorrow.

The top two teams from Group A in the round robin contest taking place in the Ukrainian capital will progress to the 2018 edition of the top tournament in the sport, which will be hosted in Denmark.

All the matches will be played at the Palace of Sports with the competition set to go on until April 28.

Action will start with the hosts taking on Hungary before South Korea face Poland.

The opening day’s matches will be completed with Austria taking on Kazakhstan.

Slovenia and Italy were the teams who earned spots at the World Championships after topping the group in Poland.

Alongside this contest, the Division’s Group B will also be taking place at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with the top side earning promotion to Group A.

The opening game will take place on Sunday (April 23) with The Netherlands meeting Japan.

Hosts Great Britain will be next on the ice as they take on Croatia before Estonia face Lithuania in the day’s final game.

Matches will continue in the group until April 29.

The lowest ranked team from Group A will be relegated to B, while the last placed country from the latter will head to Division Two A.

Next year’s line up in Division One will be completed by the two sides who finish last in the groups in the main World Championships, which are due to take place in Germany and France from May 5 to 21.

Asia Ice Hockey Championships Begins Tomorrow In Kuwait

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By Arab Times

The participating national teams in the Division 1 of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Challenge Cup of Asia have completed their technical preparations prior to the launch of the tournament, which is due to be held at the Kuwait Ice Skating Rink on April 22-25.

The four-day event is being held under the patronage of Minister of Commerce and Industry and State Minister for Youth Affairs Khaled Al-Roudhan.

The three teams from Macau, India and Oman which are participating in the competitions have arrived in the country yesterday and are continuing with the preparations prior to the launch of the tournament.

Gold for Emirates

By Adam Steiss – IIHF.com

Edging Mongolia 5-4 in its last game, Team UAE claimed its third IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia title.

Tournament star forward and top scorer Jumah Al Dhaheri got the game winner in the shootout against Mongolia, while goalie Khaled Al Suwaidi stopped both of Mongolia’s shooters to seal the gold medal for the Emirati.

The two teams came into the game tied in points after putting up three straight wins in the previous days to set up a winner-take-all clash at The Rink Ice Arena in the Thai capital of Bangkok, which hosted the 2017 Challenge Cup of Asia.

Mongolia built up a 2-0 lead in the first period, and was still up 4-2 halfway through the game before a furious Emirati comeback, led by a pair of goals from Khalifa Al Marhooqi, sent the teams into overtime and eventually closed with a shootout victory for UAE. Marhooqi finished the game with a hat trick, earning him the game’s Best Player award. 

Al Dhaheri took home both the tournament Top Scorer and Top Forward honours, after posting a sparkling eight goal, six assist stat line in just four games. Hi teammate Al Suwaidi earned the Best Goaltender nod, thanks to a 90.00 save percentage and a 3.00 GAA.

The tenth edition of the Challenge Cup of Asia tournament saw five teams compete in a four-game round robin. Team Mongolia win its fifth straight medal in the competition, claiming the country’s first silver medal ever to go with four bronze in 2013-2016.

Tournament hosts Thailand finished ahead of Singapore and Malaysia to claim the 2017 bronze medal.

Team UAE’s victory halted the streak of four consecutive tournament victories by Chinese Taipei, which did not participate in the 2017 CCOA after joining the IIHF Championship program where it will be competing in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division III in April.

The IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia is an international ice hockey tournament held annually in Asia, and is designed to provide competitive opportunities for Asian teams that are either in the lower divisions of the IIHF World Championship or do not compete in the World Championship. The first event was held in Hong Kong in 2008.

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