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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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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