Turkey was no match for China at the Division III World Juniors on Wednesday, taking just 10 shots in an eventual 6-1 loss on Thursday.
Nobody expected a different result, but with the first period ending in a tie, their may have been a few surprised people in the crowd of 75 in New Zealand. Hang Li got the game started nine minutes into the battle, tipping a shot by Xinhao Yue from the point to secure the 1-0 lead early on.
The lead wouldn’t last for long, however. Berk Ustun matched the score for Turkey after capitalizing on the power-play with China’s Hengnan Lu in the box for unsportsmanlike.
Yongshen Liu was China’s best player throughout, and his great game all began with the game winning goal in the second. Three minutes into the period, Liu took a pass from Li in close and one-timed it past Muhammed Karagul, giving China the 2-1 lead. The only goal of the second period proved to be the game winner, as Liu would complete the hat-trick in the third on top of Qing Liu’s two markers to finish off the 6-1 victory.
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