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

By Steve Ellis –

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.


منتخب الكويت لهوكي الجليد يحرز كأس اسيا ٢٠١٧🏆🥇🏒🥅 Kuwait national ice hockey team 🏆🥇🏒🥅

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Countries hoping for 2018 IIHF World Championships qualification head to Kiev

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


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 –

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.

Kiwi girls win in Bangkok

By Martin

The New Zealand U18 women’s national team, which competed internationally for the first time, won the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s Challenge Cup of Asia that also included senior national teams from six Asian countries that are not involved in the IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship program.

The Kiwi girls had an average age of 16 compared to 28 years for the team of host country Thailand, which finished in second place, but it dominated the tournament in five games and edged Thailand 4-3 midway the tournament in a game that eventually decided about first place.

It was a close game with a 28-25 shot on goal advantage for the young New Zealanders. And the outcome must have annoyed the Thai women since they were leading 2-0 midway the game after two goals from Nuchanat Ponglerkdee, who eventually scored a hat trick and was the undisputed scoring leader of the tournament with 27 goals and 18 assists in… six games!

The New Zealanders didn’t have the same firepower and were second in goal difference throughout the tournament but they scored the important goals in the second half of the game against the Thai. In front of 237 fans at The Rink Ice Arena, which is located on the seventh floor of the CentralPlaza Grand Rama 9 shopping mall in the Ratchadapisek area of Bangkok, power-play goals from Beth Scott and Jana Kivell before the end of the second period tied the game at two.

The teams continued to exchange goals in the first five minutes of the third period. Ponglerkdee tied the game at three just 12 seconds after a goal from New Zealand’s Kirstin Gerken but two minutes later Scott scored her second power-play marker of the game and this 4-3 goal stayed as the game-winner. The New Zealand girls defended the lead while the Thai made their comeback attempt difficult with four minor penalties during the last ten minutes of play.

Scott was second in goal scoring at the tournament and fifth in points behind four Thai players with 17 goals and 19 points.

For the rest of the tournament both the New Zealanders and Thai dominated their opponents. Singapore was the best of the rest by not losing double digits while beating the other four opponents including fourth-ranked India (9-1), newcomer Philippines (6-2), the United Arab Emirates (16-2) and Malaysia (4-1).

India earned its fourth place after its first-ever win in an international game, 4-3 against the Philippines in their second match of the tournament, and by following up with a 5-4 victory against Malaysia on the last day. The Philippines also had six points. After starting with three losses they earned their first win against Malaysia (3-1) and later beat the United Arab Emirates 3-2.

The bottom half of the standings saw fierce competition as no team finished without a win. The Emirati women finished in sixth place with their only win coming on the second day, 6-4 against India, while Malaysia started the tournament with a 5-4 overtime victory against the Emirates but didn’t collect further points throughout the tournament.

The Tournament Directorate named the Philippines Ma Jessica Cabili as best goaltender, Mei Wah Wan from Malaysia was the best defender and Wen Lin Lim from Singapore best forward. Indian forward Tsewang Chuskit was voted MVP after scoring six goals for India.

Three Euro Ice Hockey Challenge events


The Euro Ice Hockey Challenge consisting of lower-seeded top-division teams as well as Division I nations organized three tournaments during the February international break.

Austria won its tournament in the new arena in Graz on home ice. Raphael Herburger scored the 2-1 overtime winner against Slovakia’s B-team to open the tournament before beating eventual runner-up Norway 2-1 in overtime as well. Lukas Haudum tied the game for Austria with 4:46 left in regulation time and Manual Ganahl scored the game-winner in a shootout. The Austrians sealed the tournament win after beating France 3-1 on the last day. Both goalies played outstanding with Bernhard Starkbaum having a 95.6 save percentage in two games and Lukas Herzog reaching 97.0 in his game.

Korea hosted its EIHC tournament in Goyang in the Seoul region where it hosted a Division I tournament three years ago. It was a tight race with Denmark, Hungary and Korea each winning two games and earning six points while Japan was winless. The Danes started with a 4-2 loss to host Korea in front of a full house with 2,207 fans but bounced back with wins against Japan (6-1) and Hungary (5-1). Denmark needed to beat Hungary with a margin of at least three goals to win the tournament on the last day and did so. Julian Jacobsen scored the 4-1 goal on a two-man advantage in the third period that won his team the tournament, the fifth goal went into the empty net.

The event in Poland included two countries that were promoted to the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship one year ago in the same city, Katowice. Slovenia did its job right winning all three games against Poland, Italy and Ukraine with 16-5 goals. Jan Urbas was most successful with four goals and nine points followed by his teammate Miha Verlic scored three goals and notched five points.

Russia sweeps in Sweden


In the Euro Hockey Tour Russia succeeded by winning all three games of the Sweden Hockey Games and winning the Euro Hockey Tour before the last tournament in the Czech Republic.

The Russians played their first game on home ice in St. Petersburg beating Finland 2-1 before heading to Gothenburg where they won 4-2 against host Sweden and with the same score against the Czechs to claim first place.

The other teams had one win against each other with the Czechs claiming second place after improving their head-to-head goal difference following a 7-1 win against Finland. Sweden finished in third place.

Kirill Kaprizov, who captained his country to World Junior bronze recently, was Russia’s scoring leader with three goals and four points followed by Anatoli Golyshev.

Russia sent men’s teams to two tournaments. While the national selection succeeded in Gothenburg, the B-team, labelled as “Olympic selection”, participated in the Slovakia Cup where it finished in third place. Host Slovakia beat the Russians 6-2 in the semi-final of the opening day after Switzerland had edged Belarus 4-2 in the earlier game.

Total EHT 2016/17

Russia 24 Pts
Czech Republic 12 Pts
Sweden 9 Pts
Finland 9 PTS

Finland Wins Nations Cup

By Jason La Rose – Hockey Canada

Emerance Maschmeyer (Bruderheim, Alta./Calgary, CWHL) turned aside 17 of the 18 shots she faced, but Canada’s National Women’s Development Team was left with the silver medal at the 2017 Nations Cup after a 1-0 loss to Finland in the gold medal game Saturday.

Canada has won now silver twice at the Nations Cup (2009, 2017) and is a 11-time gold medallist, winning in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016. It also took bronze in 2012.

After an evenly-matched first period, Finland struck for the only goal of the game early in the second; with the Finns on the power play, Emma Nuutinen set up Michelle Karvinen to make it 1-0.

That would be all the offence Finland would need thanks to goaltender Noora Raty. The three-time recipient of Top Goaltender honours at the IIHF Women’s World Championship (2007, 2008, 2011) stopped all 27 shots she faced to record the shutout.

The Canadians failed to convert on seven power-play opportunities and outshot Finland 27-18, including 10-2 in the third period as they pressed for the game-tying goal.

Victoria Bach (Milton, Ont,/Boston University, HE) finished as the top Canadian scorer; her five points (two goals, three assists)

South Korea to stage Euro Ice Hockey Challenge event for first time

South Korea will play host to one of four Euro Ice Hockey Challenge (EIHC) tournaments next month in preparation for the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, it has been announced.

The competition, where the host nation will be joined by Hungary, Denmark and Japan, is scheduled for February 6 to 12.

It will be held in the Goyang in Gyeonggi Province, northwest of Seoul, and represents the first time the country has ever played host to an EIHC tournament.

The event will see the four teams compete in a round-robin format.

The EIHC is a series of friendly competitions which are staged during international breaks set by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

They are held each September, November, December and February.

Austria, Poland and The Netherlands have been chosen to hold the other three EIHC tournaments in Feburary.

South Korea, ranked at number 23 in the world, claimed a shock win at the last EIHC event in Budapest in Hungary in November.

The Asian side overcame the hosts 3-2 in the final to earn their first EIHC triumph.

Their previous best result came when they finished second in 2014.

The 2017 Asian Winter Games in the Japanese city, which staged the Winter Olympic Games in 1972, are due to take place from February 19 to 26.

South Korea have never won an ice hockey gold medal at the Asian Winter Games and they will be hoping the EIHC will allow them to fine-tune their preparations for the event in Sapporo.

The country will also be making their debut appearance at the Winter Olympics on home ice at Pyeongchang 2018 as they qualified by virtue of being the host nation.

14th triumph for Team Canada


HC Lugano will have to wait to win its first Spengler Cup trophy. Team Canada successfully defended its title with a 5-2 victory over the Ticinesi on New Year’s Eve. The Canadians won the cup for the 14th time; they have been taking part in the traditional tournament since 1994.

When Canadian ice hockey professionals get to wear the maple leaf jersey, their pride and determination can move mountains – and that as a strong unit with the teams’ best interest in mind. Once again seen in the final of the 90th Spengler Cup. The North Americans showed no signs of fatigue, despite playing their fifth game in six days in Davos. By comparison: for Lugano it was “just” the fourth game. In addition, the Ticinesi had a day off before their semifinal game thanks to a first-place finish during the group stage.

The final even began unthinkably bad for Team Canada. Dario Bürgler made it 1-0 for Lugano on the first shot only 31 seconds into the game. But after Chay Genoway’s equalizer (9.) the Canadians gained momentum. The game-winner was scored to begin the second period. Within exactly 2 minutes Marc-André Pouliot and Cory Emmerton with a short-handed solo put the North Americans up 3-1. A spicy detail: just before Bürgler had narrowly missed making it 2-2. Even before the second intermission Team Canada’s top scorer Andrew Ebbett sealed the game for his team with the fourth goal. Canada’s compact defense aided by the strong netminder Zach Fucale did not give up more than Bürgler’s second goal. Instead, Nick Spaling scored on the empty Lugano net 17 seconds before the end of the game for the final score.

The All-Star Team of 90th Spengler Cup was announced before the final. It is composed of the following: Elvis Merzlikins (Lugano); Maxim Noreau (Team Canada), James Wisniewski (Lugano); Andrew Ebbett (Team Canada), Yevgeny Kovyrshin (Dynamo Minsk), Drew Shore (Davos).

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