Canada run past T&T’s stickmen 3-1
Hosts Canada grabbed first place in Pool B with a surprise 3-1 defeat of Trinidad & Tobago at the 2013 Pan American Cup.
The result gave Canada a semi-final berth against the USA, while Trinidad & Tobago faced a much tougher assignment against Argentina in last night’s late semi-final. The tournament winner will qualify for the 2014 Hockey World Cup,
Before the last match of pool play, T&T were leading Pool B with six points (two wins), with Canada and Chile just behind with 4 points (one win and one draw), meaning T&T had advanced, but Canada still needed a win to reach the final four.
T&T were first on the scoreboard in the seventh minute on an own-goal by a Canadian defender. Play was flowing back and forth in an entertaining way, but with no shooting opportunity at either end, until the 21st minute when Iain Smythe managed to find the ball in a goal-mouth scramble and propel it in the roof of the net to level proceedings at 1-1.
With the two teams back on par, Canada seemed to regain confidence and Andrey Rocke in T&T goal had to manage some hot situations in front of him. Canada expertly defended a penalty-corner with five minutes to go in the period, and on the next play forced a penalty-corner.
They executed perfectly to take the lead with two minutes left in the period. They had time to add a third goal by Matthew Sarmento and went into the break with a two-goal lead (3-1), which they took to the end, much to the relief of the home crowd.