Field Hockey Canada > Canada concludes pool play action with win over Trinidad and Tobago

Canada concludes pool play action with win over Trinidad and Tobago

Feature Photo: Oscar Muñoz Badilla

January 24, 2022 | Field Hockey Canada |

Red Caribou comes back in second half to win 5-2 and move onto crossover round

Tied 2-2 at halftime, Trinidad and Tobago was looking to challenge the Canadian side after putting two goals past Antoni Kindler in the second quarter. Despite efforts to find their first win, two more goals from Gordon Johnston and another from Matthew Barnett would guarantee the Red Caribou’s spot in the next stage of the Pan American Cup.

Johnston’s goal in the 36th minute, a shot deflected off the TTO keeper’s glove and into the top corner of the net, put him ahead of Argentina’s Maico Casella as the tournament’s leading men’s goal scorer. With today’s hat trick, he currently sits at the top of the table with seven goals (five from penalty corners, two from penalty strokes).

Barnett, who notched his first international goal in just four appearances, says that the team has spent the tournament “finding their feet,” especially after their last match against USA.

“We all took that [game] to heart big time,” he said. “It was a rough loss and we kind of just came in and said, ‘Boys, we know we know what we’re capable of. We know what we need to do. Let’s just pick a few things individually, a few things as a team, and we’re gonna just make them better.’”

Canada defeats Trinidad and Tobago 5-2 in final pool-play action from Santiago. Photos/Oscar Muñoz Badilla

When asked about his experience as a new Caribou, Barnett had nothing but good things to say about his journey and time in Chile. He’s the sole member on the squad representing Alberta and describes the pride that comes with wearing the maple leaf on his back.

“I’m over the moon,” Barnett said. “The whole experience is too real and to represent my home province is more than an honour; it’s a privilege. I’m just in every day asking the guys around me and trying to get better. I was fortunate enough to put one in the back of the net [today] but it’s all about doing your role well for the game.”

Today’s match against TTO was also a special one for Devohn Noronha Teixeira. Since taking the stage with the Men’s National Team in 2009, Noronha Teixeira played in his 100th cap, which he described as a long journey during his post-game interview with PAHF.

“This game was tough in the first half, but the boys pulled together in the second and came out with the win,” Noronha Teixeira said. “We have a lot to work on in the coming matches and we’ll go back to the drawing board and figure it out so we can fix up all the mistakes in the first half.”

Canada will now proceed to the crossover matches as second in Pool B and verse the third-placed team in Pool A on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 4:30pm ET / 2:30pm PT.

Devohn Noronha Teixeira plays in his 100th senior international appearance against TTO. Photo/Oscar Muñoz Badilla

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