Two goals early in the contest was all it took for New Zealand to defeat South Africa, eventually winning 5-1 to start off the tournament strong.
Just before the period was seven minutes old, Callaum Burns excited the 250 people in attendance with the first goal of the game, defeating Marcello Strydom to make it 1-0 early. Five minutes later, Maxwell Macharg gave Benedict Roth his second assist of the game when he converted on a goal in close to secure the victory before the first period had come to a close.
Two minutes into the second, South Africa capitalized with the extra man to end Liam Henare’s shutout bid. Dylan Compton took advantage of Thomas Carson-Pratt’s interference call 10 seconds earlier with a nice shot to make it 2-1. The goal was rendered useless with four minutes remaining in the period as Roth, who was named the best player at the end of the game, took an incredible shot from the point to make it 3-1 Kiwis. Roth would record another point on Joseph Orr’s goal in the third and a fifth goal was scored by Tayler Kennedy with nine minutes to go in the third to help finish off the victory.
New Zealand will have the day off tomorrow before battling Mexico on Thursday at 1am EST. South Africa will be back in action on Wednesday, taking on Turkey, who has yet to play, at 1am EST as well.
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