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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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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