Field Hockey Canada > MNT - Spain Training Tour (Jan 20 - Feb 5, 2018)

MNT – Spain Training Tour (Jan 20 – Feb 5, 2018)

The team departs January 20, 2018 for a two-week training tour and five-nations tournament in Malaga, Spain and will return on February 5, 2018.

2018 is shaping up to be a huge year for the Men’s National Team with Commonwealth Games this spring, the World Cup in December and Olympic qualifiers on the horizon as well. With that in mind, the urgency and competitiveness has already picked up and will no doubt carry forward into Malaga as the team prepares for their first international match in over six months.


Match Schedule

JAN 29: CAN 1 – 4 IRE – Video Archive | Box Score
Canada Goal Scorer: Gordon Johnston
Game Note: Sukhi Panesar played his 100th official senior match.

Knowing what our jersey represents is what makes playing for this team very special as well as the sense of pride you feel standing arm in arm with your teammates singing the national anthem. – Sukhi Panesar

JAN 30: CAN 2 – 1 SCO – 15:00 – Video Archive | Box Score
Canada Goal Scorers: Matt Sarmento, Brenden Bisset
Game Note: Adrien D’Andrade recorded his first senior cap since 2014

We stuck to our game plan, got two goals in a row. I think we took our foot off the gas a little near the end but we fought it out. Heading into a big calendar year with ‘Comm Games’ and World Cup, these are the type of games we need to win. – Matt Sarmento

FEB 2: CAN 3 – 1 USA – 17:00 – Video Archive | Box Score
Canada Goal Scorers: Keegan Pereira, Floris van Son, Mark Pearson
Game Note: Canada remains undefeated against USA this decade with a 15-0-0 record

I thought we came out to a good start and made the most of a few early chances to go up 2-0. The game wasn’t perfect but we did a good job keeping them out and creating chances. It was a challenging second half but we were happy with how we closed out the game. – Gordon Johnston

FEB 4: CAN 1 – 4 ESP – 11:00 – Video Archive | Box Score
Canada Goal Scorer: Matt Sarmento
Game note: Canada finishes the tournament with a 2-2 record. Gordon Johnston was awarded the tournament MVP.