SEA GAMES 2019 Singapore Ice Hockey off to flying start
03 December 2019
By Angelina Dass
Singapore’s men’s Ice Hockey team kicked off its 30th SEA Games journey with a convincing 8-2 win over Indonesia. Singapore’s forward and the game’s top scorer Ethan Redden drew first blood when he scored the opening goal within two minutes. Indonesia’s Jusuf Hendrata equalised soon after but a brace from Singapore forward Ignatius Ng Shi Wei put the Republic 3-1 up at the end of the first period.
Top scorer of the match, Singapore’s Ethan Redden (in black) battles with an Indonesian player.
Singapore extended its dominance in the second period with three unanswered goals to bring the score to 6-1. Indonesian captain Felix Yussanto managed to get his name of the scoreboard in the 50th minute but Singapore closed off the game in style with goals from Ethan and fellow forward Joewe Lam in the closing minutes.
While it was a good start to their campaign, Team Manager Roger Hammett said the team, which features nine major-games debutants, could do better by being more aggressive and taking more shots at goal.
The teams’ captains Chew Wee (SGP) and Felix Yussanto (INA) are captured taking each other on.
“It's our first game (and) we were a bit lacking in the first period,” he said.
Determined to improve on their 2017 SEA Games performance where they placed fourth out of five countries, Roger hopes the team can “sneak a victory against defending champions Philippines” on Tuesday (3 December).
Supporters of all ages watched intently as the match unfolded.
Following Philippines, Singapore will meet Thailand and Malaysia in the single round robin phase, with the competition held at the SM Mall of Asia Ice Rink. The top four teams will advance to the semi-finals, with medal matches to follow.