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Thailand scores but loses big in Asian Games ice hockey

Thailand scores but loses big in Asian Games ice hockey

Kazakhstan scored 52 times against Thailand in an Asian Winter Games ice hockey game match Monday, but the goal which brought the most cheer came from the outgunned Thais.
The minnows of Asian ice hockey went into the game knowing they were going to lose to tournament favorite Kazakhstan, but an opportune goal seven minutes into the third period was celebration enough in a 52-1 loss.
The hero was forward Arthit Thamwongsin who jumped on a rebound off the boards to slam a shot past Kazakhstan goaltender Sergey Ogureshnikov.
Up to that point the highlight for the Thais had been when defenseman Terani Harnnarujchai bodychecked one of the linesmen into the boards.
"They are just an outstanding team," said Thailand's American coach Michael Rolanti of Kazakhstan, which competed in the Turin Winter Olympics.
"I think it was a good game for us because we did not give up," said Rolanti, a former U.S. college player who was managing a chain of English schools in Bangkok when he was asked to help coach the national team.
The Thais were outshot 97-7, with six of those shots came in the third period as the Thais managed a few chances besides the goal, including one breakaway which was stopped by Ogureshnikov.
Rolanti said there are only about 40 players and just two ice rinks in Thailand, which lost 4-0 to the United Arab Emirates in its opening game.
Kazakhstan's topscorer was Oleg Yeremeyev.
Kazakhstan also had an easy time in its first game, beating the UAE 38-0, and is expected to meet Japan in the final Feb. 3.
(pvs/alo)


Updated : 2020-12-04 10:44 GMT+08:00