Taiwan U18 ice hockey team clinch promotion

  • Staff writer, with CNA, ISTANBUL, Turkey

Taiwan’s U-18 ice hockey team on Sunday finished top of Division III A at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) U18 World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, earning promotion to Division II B.

Taiwan topped their sixth-team division on goal difference after finishing with a 5-4 record along with Belgium and Iceland.

Taiwan scored a total of 24 goals, while Belgium and Iceland scored 23 and 18 goals respectively.

Photo courtesy of National Ice Hockey Federation

Taiwan’s campaign in the tournament began with an 8-3 win over Turkey last Monday, which was followed by a 4-0 win against Mexico on Tuesday and a 5-2 loss to Israel on Thursday.

Despite suffering a 4-2 loss to Belgium, Taiwan bounced back to power past Iceland 5-2 on Sunday.

Taiwan Canada head coach Ryan Conrad Lang told Central News Agency it was the team’s best performance to date, describing the promotion as a huge achievement for everyone involved.

Taiwan forward Wen Pei-an, the team captain, said being top of the table was a dream come true and he will remember the moment for the rest of his life.

National Ice Hockey Federation official Chen Jia-chi said the location for next year’s Division II B World U18 Championship will be announced next month or June.

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