The Turkish national men’s hockey team has achieved success thanks to a perfect Division III tournament on home ice.
Turkey had no issues at any point of the tournament, with their only close game being a 5-4 victory over Georgia on the opening day. They kept their week long adventure with a 7-2 victory over South Africa, who had a decent finish with a bronze medal performance.
Turkey will move on to the Division IIB tournament for the first time in two years in 2017, with the team their replacing to be decided next week.
The tournament showed tremendous success for Georgia, who struggled in the first two years they participated at the World Championships. The silver medalists were led by Georgian newcomers Boris Kochkin and Artyom Kozyulin, who finished with 19 and 13 points respectively.
On the flip side, Hong Kong finished in dead last with no wins, scoring just ten goals in five games while allowing 40. The team has never made it out of the Division III in their history, so the loss didn’t show many signs of progress.
Follow me on twitter, @StevenEllisNHL.