The Philippine Eagles end the preliminaries on a bad note after bowing down to Thailand, 1-10, earlier in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games men’s ice hockey tournament at the SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Rink.
The clash turned out to be a one-sided affair all throughout as Thailand got the best of the Philippine team, who snapped their three-game winning streak and took their first loss of the competition.
The Thais opened the game with a strong first period, wristing three shots on 14 attempts for a 3-0 lead over the host team.
After only four shots on goal in a lethargic opening salvo, the Philippines sought a more aggressive performance in the second session, finally scoring their lone goal of the game courtesy of Carlo Tenedero.
However, Thailand responded with an avalanche of points, tallying three goals in a span of a minute shortly after Tenedero’s point and an additional shot to conclude the second period with the lead, 7-1.
The Philippines ultimately lost steam in the final period as they fell victim to Thailand’s strong defensive game and energetic offense, letting the visiting team score three more goals to end the game with a nine-point deficit, 1-10.
With the loss, the Philippines ends the preliminary round in second place with a 3-1 record, while Thailand currently stands atop the tournament with an untainted 4-0 card.
The Eagles seek to sneak into the final round anew as they face Singapore in the semifinals.