The first Chinese ice-hockey team to visit Japan since 1974 was heavily defeated when it played the Kokudo Keikaku Construction Company team at the Shinagawa Skate Centre in Tokyo on Tuesday (7 February).
SV: Japan (in light shirts, dark shorts) score (scorer: Hitoshi Wakabayashi) and players go up rink.
SV: Scoreboard at close of second period.
TV: Face off and China attacks Japan's goal. (2 SHOTS)
TV: China attack and Wang Bao scores.
SV: Scoreboard showing score 6-1 to Japan.
SV: China attack, but Japanese goalkeeper saves.
CU ZOOM OUT FROM: Scoreboard TO teams changing ends mid-way through third period.
TV: Japan attacks. Nasaru Seini scores.
SC: Scoreboard shows Japan 7-1 up.
TV: Play around Japanese goalcage. Player is fouled referee stops game.
TV: Face off and play around Japan goal. Play moves down rink until bell signals close of match.
SPORT: ICE HOCKEY
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Background: The first Chinese ice-hockey team to visit Japan since 1974 was heavily defeated when it played the Kokudo Keikaku Construction Company team at the Shinagawa Skate Centre in Tokyo on Tuesday (7 February).
SYNOPSIS: The Japanese side, in the light shirts, took an early lead, and was three up by the end of the second period.
The Chinese team was playing its fifth game in a seven-match tour of Japan. So far it has gained only one win after three matches in the northern island of Hokkaido, one in central Japan and this game. In the third and final period, it was China's turn to mount an attack.
Wang Bao darted through the Japanese defence and hammered the puck into the goal cage, to score the first Chinese goal of the match.
Despite their lack of success, the Chinese visitors have attracted praise from the Japanese Press. They are considered a strong side. The average age of the team is only 23, and most of the players come from Harbin in Manchuria, China's coldest region.
The Japanese quickly restored their six-goal lead. Nasaru Seini cut through the Chinese defence for the seventh goal.
Trailing hopelessly behind, and having no chance of salvaging the match with less than 10 minutes play left, the Chinese team nonetheless hurled itself into a last bid to gain another goal. But they weren't up to it, and a penalty in favour of Japan ate up precious time. China was unable to turn the tide. Still, the match had been a valuable lesson in ice hockey-a lesson they can advance in their two remaining matches in Japan before returning home.