Singapore’s hopes of a podium finish in the SEA Games 2017 ice hockey competition took a beating after they lost 2-7 to the Philippines on Tuesday at Kuala Lumpur’s Empire City Mall.
This was their second defeat in two games, having lost 0-7 to Thailand on Sunday.
The Singapore ice hockey team includes a mix of teenage students and working adults who have been forking out their own money to conduct training sessions and travel for competitions.
Prior to the SEA Games, they had made known their aim to finish among the Top 3 at the Games. The team will now need to beat both Indonesia and Malaysia in their final two games to stand a chance of reaching their goal.
The Philippines, on the other hand, are aiming to win the first ice hockey gold medal in the SEA Games’ history. Nicknamed The Mighty Ducks, they are considered the best team in South-east Asia.
In their debut at the Asian Winter Games in February, they took home the bronze and are the only tropical country to have won a medal in the sport.
Later in the day Thailand won their third straight game by demolishing Indonesia 12-0.