PHOTO: Canadian forward Matthew Guest (left) battles with a United States player during Canada’s 8-1 win on July 10, 2016 (By: Blair Shier/blair.photo)
Canada’s men’s field hockey team finished the Summer Games Sendoff presented by London Drugs with an 8-1 win Sunday in Surrey, British Columbia.
With the win, Canada completes the four-game sweep of the United States, outscoring the Americans 24-7.
Keegan Pereira scored four goals and was named the London Drugs Man of the Match for the second time in series. Pereira ends the series with 7 goals and ties fellow Canadian Gordon Johnston for the series lead in goals.
Pereira opened the scoring in the 5th minute of play after following a strong cross-field pass from Adam Froese with a quick play to get free in the U.S. circle and beat goalkeeper Brandon Karess.
The United States pushed back immediately, earning their first corner of the game minutes after Canada opened the scoring, but William Holt’s drag flick was stopped by keeper David Carter, who started all four games for Canada.
The Americans did end up tying the game in the 12th minute on a goal off the counter-attack from Amandeep Khokhar.
But the tie was short lived.
In the 16th minute, Johnston picked up his first of two penalty corner goals after Pereira earned the attempt.
After re-taking the lead, Canada didn’t look back.
Richard Hildreth closed out the first half with a goal, and then Pereira himself scored three goals – one while wearing only one shoe – in a four minute span in the third quarter to put Canada up 6-1.
Fourth quarter goals from Johnston and Froese, on a dash up from the backline, finished the attack for the Canadians.
The Canadian men now head to Vancouver Island for a mini training tour and clinics with youth, before returning to Vancouver for their final week and a half of preparation before leaving for Rio.
Canada opens the 2016 Olympic Games on August 6th against Germany.
Goals – Canada
5′ – Pereira (FG)
16′ – Johnston (PC)
30′ – Hildreth (FG)
39′ – Pereira (FG)
41′ – Pereira (FG)
42′ – Pereira (FG)
48′ – Johnston (PC)
60′ – Froese (FG)
Goals – United States
12′ – Khokhar (FG)