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Fearless Wendigos Lost Two More, Goalie Set Records

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The Wendigos have quickly become one of the hottest teams in the 2014 Hockey 5’s tournament.  They’re hot because they were beaten badly in every one of their games and yet, the players would leave the rink smiling and genuinely happy.  Very few people would understand why such an out-classed team would be in the tournament.  Team coach Wong Cheung explained, “We’re here because we want our youngsters to see what it’s like to play against high calibre players from around the world.  This is an opportunity they will never get in Hong Kong.”

After losing out to division favorites Kazakhstan Zholbarys, Wendigos faced the top-seeded Nordic Vikings from Pool B.  Despite being slaughtered by a score of 9-0, Wendigos never gave up trying.  Forwards kept fighting to break the Viking’s shutout, defenders blocked shots and battled for pucks, and the goaltender barely completed the game after facing 37 shots on goals.

Then on Friday, Wendigos faced 2nd-seeded Bangkok Flying Farangs from Pool C.  With only 7 players in the lineup, the Wendigos played their best game in the tournament and gave the Flying Farangs a good scare early on.  Wendigos forwards Terry Choi, Jasper Tang, and Brad Lee were able to create a good number of lethal scoring opportunities through out the game.  It was Flying Farangs goalie Dean Tzembelicos that kept his team in the game.  Wendigos goalie Scott Yang was also on fire as he frustrated the Flying Farangs for most of the game.

It was perhaps the short bench that cost Wendigos the game as they eventually ran out of gas.  The Bangkok Flying Farangs would win the game by only a score of 5-0.  Flying Farangs forward Cody Vong had nothing but praises for the losing Wendigos after the game: “They were a tough team to play!  Had they have more players the game might have gone the other way.”

At the conclusion of the game, Wendigos goalie Scott Yang set several new tournament records: Most Shots Against (158 shots in 4 games), Most Goals Against (41 goals in 4 games), Highest Goals Against Average (10.25), and Most Saves (117  saves in 144 minutes played).

Looking back at Wendigo’s 4 games, the Vikings and Zholbarys went on to become International B divisional finalists.  Flying Farangs ended up as the International C Champions.  Most would look at this a a seriously unfortunate draw of bad luck, but for the brave souls and youngsters in the Wendigos roster, it might have been exactly what they wanted.

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