Canada took the lead of their triple confrontation with Chile and Trinidad & Tobago, in Vancouver, with a 2-0 win over Chile.
The start of the game was very balanced between two teams playing a wide open but structured style of hockey. Canada created some hot situations in front of the Chilean goal but could not score. Meanwhile, Chile had an excellent chance at the other end on a penalty-corner, which was well saved by Antoni KINDLER in the Canadian goal.
Canada were unsuccessful on a penalty-corner soon after, and play continued at high pace, keeping the spectators, having braved the rain, well entertained, despite the lack of goals. The second half was played with the same pattern of back and forth attacks. Both teams had chances, but it was only in the 53th minute that the deadlock was broken thanks to Dave JAMESON scoring for Canada with an acrobatic deflection.
In the next minute, Canada were awarded a penalty-stroke, coolly slotted in the mesh by Gabbar SINGH, just when the sun finally broke through the clouds for the first time of the day.
Once the break was done, pace slowed down slightly and Canada controlled the end of the game for a hard-earned but well deserved win that leaves them as the only unbeaten team in the triangular competition.
Canada: Philip WRIGHT, Scott TUPPER, Jesse WATSON, Richard HILDRETH, Hudson STEWART, Ken PEREIRA, Mark PEARSON, Keegan PEREIRA, Gabbar SINGH, Adam FROESE, Antoni KINDLER (GK)
Substitutes: Gordon JOHNSTON, David JAMESON, Connor MEAKIN, Iain SMYTHE
DNP: Rob SHORT, Devonhn TEXEIRA, David CARTER (GK)