San Juan, Puerto Rico – The Canadian Men’s team competing in the Pan American Youth Championships have booked their ticket directly to the semi-finals with a 6-5 win over the United States. After five games over three days, Canada (4W – 1L) has amassed 55 goals in securing second overall in the pool standings.
The Youth Continental Championship features the exciting Hockey5s version of the game. Hockey 5s will make its major international debut at the 2014 Youth Olympics in Nanjing China. If Canada is able to win the semi-final game on Friday, they will secure their spot in Nanjing. Canada’s semi-final opponent will be either the United States (3rd after pool play) or Guatemala (6th after pool play).
“Our group has grown and improved in every game we’ve played,” explained coach Indy Sehmbi. “The players have adjusted and excelled at playing Hockey5 and we’re looking forward to a competitive semi-final match tomorrow.”
Squad captain, Balraj Panesar is tied for the team lead with 10 goals in the tournament. After a brief stint back to Canada after his Junior World Cup campaign in India, Panesar has been a force in Puerto Rico. “We are looking forward to a potential re-match against the United States tomorrow and an improved team performance. We definitely want to step it up a notch from today so that we can qualify for the Youth Olympic Games,” stated Panesar.
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