Turkey’s first game of the contest ended on a sour note, dropping a 3-1 loss to South Africa.

Just 1:25 into the match. South Africa had their first lead of the tournament. After losing 5-1 to New Zealand on Monday, a second loss would be tough to overcome, but Keegan Thornton’s goal early on gave the team some life early on. The lead looked like it was almost sealed after the first period, but a shorthanded marker by Doğu Bingol with 21 seconds to go tied it up at one apiece.

The second period saw a lot of special teams action. South Africa, for one, took 12 of their 14 penalties in the middle frame alone. Turkey was unable to create many scoring chances, however, and with six seconds to go in the period, South Africa’s Brandon Husselman scored the only goal of the period on the breakaway to give his team the lead and victory. Thornton added a second goal with seven minutes left to help seal the deal, finishing off the 3-1 South Africa victory in style.

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