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Pinoys sweep ice-hockey tourney for historic gold

KUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine ice hockey team made history at Empire City Ice Arena on Thursday night by sweeping the competition in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

The sport was being contested for the first time in the SEA Games, and the Philippines completed a sweep of the five-team event with a heart-stopping 5-4 victory over Thailand.

The Philippines defeated Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand in the final to sweep the 5-nation ice-hockey tournament and claim the gold in SEA Games ice hockey. File/Ted Aljibe, Agence France-Presse
The Philippines punched in three goals in the first period, one courtesy of Benjamin Imperial and two by Paul Sanchez. Francois Gautier added another goal early in the second, but Thailand then scored three goals the rest of the way to make a game out of it.

A fifth goal with some eight minutes left, courtesy of Javier Cadiz, gave the Philippines some breathing room, but Thailand pulled another back with just 3:29 to go to threaten for the last time.

Showing nerves of steel, the Philippines held on for a historic gold — the country's fourth of the day after triumphs in lawn bowls and boxing.

Author: Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/08/24/17/sea-games-pinoys-sweep-ice-hockey-tourney-for-historic-gold

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