The Philippine Eagles bid farewell to their title defense hopes after succumbing to Singapore, 3-4, earlier in the 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s ice hockey tournament at the SM Mall of Asia Skating Rink.
The defending SEA Games champions came up short in the final period with Singapore’s James Kodrowski wristing a game-winner with 21 seconds left.
The host team started strong with goals by captain Steven Fuglister and Francois Gautier at the latter half of the first period to take the lead, 2-0.
However, Singapore responded right back in the second period with Kodrowski and Bryan Lee taking charge to tie the game, 2-all.
The visiting team began the third period with an aggressive play finished by Christopher Wong to take the lead, 3-2.
While EJ Sibug came up with a goal to equalize the game with one minute left, the Philippines ultimately lost steam as Singapore scored their winning goal.
With the loss, the Eagles are relegated to a bronze medal match and will face Malaysia tomorrow.