After defeating China two days earlier and narrowly missing out on the bronze medal game based on goals for and against differential, Canada was on a mission to finsih strong at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia.
Canada’s quest for a 5th spot finish saw them face FIH 12th ranked, South Africa. On March 19th earlier in the tournament, Canada suffered a dissapointing loss to South Africa by a score of 3-2, a game the men felt they should have won. Their chance to avenge the loss presented itself in the last game of the tournament and the Canadian Men were up for the challenge.
With goal keepers Antoni Kindler and David Carter sharing the shut-out, Taylor Curran and Adam Froese provided the scoring punch Canada needed to secure the 2-0 win. Froese was named Man of the Match.
More match details to follow….
With the win Canada finish the tournament with a 2-4 record, but more importantly the experience of playing together and against nations ranked #1, #7, #12 and #13. Canada is currently ranked #16 in the world and the experience at the famous Sultan Azlan Shah Cup will serve them well when they head back to Malaysi next month for teh FIH Champions Challenge.
Canadian Men’s National Roster for Sultan Azlan Shah Cup:
Adam Froese (Abbotsford, BC)
Antoni Kindler (Vancouver, BC)
Benjamin Martin (Vancouver, BC)
David Carter (Vancouver, BC)
Gabriel Ho-Garcia (Burnaby, BC)
Gordon Johnston (Vancouver, BC)
Hudson Stewart (Vancouver, BC)
Jagdish Gill (Toronto, ON)
James Kirkpatrick (Victoria, BC)
Iain Smythe (Vancouver, BC)
Keegan Pereira (Ajax, ON)
Mark Pearson (Tsawwassen, BC)
Matt Guest (Calgary, AB)
Paul Wharton (Vancouver, BC)
Philip Wright (Vancouver, BC)
Scott Tupper (Vancouver, BC)
Sukhi Panesar (Surrey, BC)
Taylor Curran (North Vancouver, BC)
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