Philippines thrashes Malaysia, grabs bronze in men's ice hockey

After crashing out of gold medal contention, the Philippine men's ice hockey team vented its frustration by demolishing Malaysia, 17-1, to capture the bronze in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Rink.

The Philippines, which failed to defend its title following a heartbreaking loss to Singapore in the semifinals, made sure to finish the tournament on a high note with a convincing victory over Malaysia.

Team captain Steven Fuglister led the charge with four goals and three assists. Kenneth Stern also delivered four goals, while Carl Montano added four points built on three assists and a goal.

Lenard Lancero, Jann Gefrey So Tiong, and Jan Regencia contributed two goals apiece, while Sam Bengzon and Benjamin Imperial added one each.

The Philippines held Malaysia scoreless up until the last 16 seconds, when Maahes Rajakumar sneaked in a point.

After a commanding 4-0 first period, the Philippines turned its offense up a notch by adding seven goals in the second period. The former gold medalists refused to slow down, closing out the match with 17 goals.

Fuglister emerged as the top scorer for the Philippines in the tournament with a total of 21 points off 12 goals and nine assists.