SAPPORO – Japan got off to a flying start in the men’s ice hockey competition at the Asian Winter Games on Wednesday, when it brushed aside China 14-0 in its opening match.
Seiji Takahashi bagged a hat trick while Shuhei Kuji netted twice as Japan peppered the Chinese goal with 59 shots to China’s nine in a one-sided encounter.
Japan is aiming to win the title for the first time in two Asian Winter Games.
In the other opening fixture of the four-team round-robin, Kazakhstan defeated South Korea 4-0.
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