Asia Cup1999 (Sep.3-5 At Aomori Niida indoor rink)
|South Korea 2-4 China
|Japan 0-9 South Korea
|Japan 5-0 China
Japan captures Asian Cup(Sep. 6 )
Taro Nihei of Kokudo Bunnies scored early in the first period Sunday
and the Japanese national hockey team cruised to a 5-0 victory over China
to capture the 1999 Asian Cup.
With the one-sided victory at the Niida indoor rink in Hachinohe,
Japan finished the three-nation tourney with a perfect 2-0 record
and will return to the A Pool for next year's world championships on
St. Petersburg, Russia.
Japan also guaranteed itself of a place in the first round of next year's
qualifying tournament for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics,
which will be held in Denmark next February.