The Philippine Eagles remain perfect in their title defense campaign after overpowering Indonesia, 8-1, earlier in the 30th Southeast Asian Games ice hockey tournament at the SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Rink.
The game proved to be a better showing for the Philippine men’s ice hockey team coming from their tight 5-3 win over Singapore yesterday.
The Philippines started strong in the opening salvo with Carl Tenedero wristing an early shot at the 19:01 mark to draw first blood, followed by a goal by Kenneth Stern at the 13:15 mark for a 2-0 lead in the first period.
However, the second period saw the Eagles struggle on offense with their various power plays all thwarted by Indonesia’s goalie Sangga Putra.
The visiting team scored a goal at the 7:16 mark to get on the board, but the Philippines still held the lead after the second period, 2-1.
The third period turned out to be a different story for the Eagles as Aro Regencia’s early goal sparked a scoring avalanche for the host country, with captain Steven Fuglister tallying back-to-back goals for a 5-1 lead.
It was all Team Philippines from then on, with Tenedero, Miguel Relampagos, and Sam Bengzon attending the goal-fest at the final stretch of the third period.
With the win, the Eagles remain undefeated in the tournament with a 3-0 record.
The Philippine men’s ice hockey team looks to pounce on their three-game winning streak as they face Thailand on Friday.