Malaysia men's ice hockey team gained their first win at the 6th Asian Winter Games by beating Hong Kong, China 7-3 on Friday.
"The biggest advantage of our team is the physical strength," said Alexander Kwok Leung Kam, head coach of the Malaysian team. "We trained very hard on the physical side."
Peng Tan Khia scored twice for the Malaysian team and was named the best player of the game.
"I am really excited about the result," said Peng. "I'll give the two goals and the best player honor to the whole team."
In contrast, some of the Hong Kong players cried after the match.
"I am very disappointed, as we expected to win," said Kevin Ng Kaki, a police officer. "Although we are amateurs, we are eager to show the best of us. We represent our region, we don't want to add shame to our jersey."
However, Kin Ng Ka, head coach of the Hong Kong team, gave a 75 mark to his players out of 100.
"They played well in the first period, but they lost too much physical strength," said Ng Ka. "They cared too much about the result, so they are a little bit nervous and did not show the best of them."
The Hong Kong team trained just one hour a week on a rink with one third of the normal size.
The men's ice hockey competition was the first event to start at the 6th Asian Winter Games which officially opens on January 28.