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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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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