Seoul boots Chinese Taipei U20 in QF thriller

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANDALUYONG—Seoul needed a huge defensive stand in the third period to eliminate Chinese Taipei's U20 squad, 3-2, in a wild quarterfinal encounter in the open division of the Philippine Ice Hockey Tournament at the SM Megamall Skating Rink on Saturday.

Seoul struck thrice in the second period but still had to withstand Chinese Taipei's threat late in the game to clinch the last ticket to the semifinals.

The Taiwanese side actually started the scoring as Chen Guan Ping scored on an eighth minute goal.

However, that turned out to be its only taste of the lead as the Koreans got three goals from Sean Davidson, Adam Tuer, and Huny Byung in a five-and-a-half minute span in the second period for a 3-1 lead.

Yang Cheng Yu still kept Chinese Taipei in the running with a goal in the 21st minute, but Seoul kept it's defense tight the rest of the way.

The fourth-seeded Korean club will battle the top-ranked Pandoo Nation in the semifinals later Saturday.

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