China’s 6-1 victory over Mexico gave the Asian country a good start to the Division III World Junior tournament as the team hopes to launch back into Division IIB for next year.
Considering the final score, it would be surprising to find out that the first period actually had zero goals after 20 minutes. It only took 26 seconds into the second period for the Chinese to finally smash the icebreaker, as Zesen Zhang beat Richard Albrecht short side to give the Asian team the 1-0 lead. Seven minutes later, Chinese captain Peng Huang got the game winning goal before the game was even half over to extend the lead to two goals.
Most of the offense came throughout the second period, and with an additional two goals, China would finish the period with a four goal advantage. With 14 minutes off the clock, Huang sent the puck to the blade of Hao Wu’s stick, who fired the shot home for the 3-0 lead. The Chinese would score an extra one with a minute remaining in the period, grabbing the 4-0 lead after Hengnan Lu got one past Albrecht to put the game away.
Jorge Duenas scored a goal late in the game to give Mexico their only marker of the contest, but with two more Chinese goals on the way, the game would not see a miraculous comeback. China came into the tournament as favourites after getting demoted from Division IIB last year. Their next game is set for Wednesday, January 22nd, a 1am EST game start for North Americans.
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