In a game against the best and the worst, China come out on top with an easy 13-0 victory over South Africa on Friday.
The game was over just 45 seconds in. Hang Li, who has been one of the best players all tournament for the Chinese, scored on an individual effort after catching the South African defense snoozing. South Africa would survive for another five minutes, keeping the puck away from the net for the most part, until Zesen Zhang fired it past Aslam Khan for the 2-0 lead. That was just the start of the onslaught, as China finished the first period with a whopping 5-0 lead after taking just 12 shots. The team followed that period up with two goals in the second and an additional six in the third, securing the massive 13-0 win, the biggest of the tournament.
The biggest blow for China came near the end of the game. Qing Liu, who padded his goal scoring lead to six after a hat-trick today, was given a five and a 20 after a checking from behind penalty. As a result of the game misconduct, he will have to miss the remainder of the tournament, but with just one game on the schedule left, it’s not a major loss. The championship could come down to the final game against China and New Zealand on Sunday, assuming New Zealand has no issue with the win less Turkey team on Saturday.
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