Canada scored three goals in four minutes to start the second half and never looked back in a 7-3 win over China Saturday at the 2017 Hockey World League Semi-Final in London.
Captain Scott Tupper scored three times, while Matthew Sarmento, Mark Pearson, Floris van Son, and Keegan Pereira also got on the scoresheet in the win.
— Brandon D'Souza (@BrandonDSouza17) June 24, 2017
As in Happened:
China scored the game’s first goal in the 4th minute on a penalty corner. The Canadians tied the game in the 14th minute when Sarmento, who missed a chance to score just moments earlier, was setup by Gabriel Ho-Garcia for Canada’s first goal of the game.
China was able to once again take the lead early in the second quarter, when Meng Dihao capitalized on a Canadian turnover in the circle and hammered a ball by Carter in the 19th minute. Canada equalized in the 22nd minute when Tupper made good on another attempt.
3 goals in 4 minutes:
It all started with Mark Pearson this time who put the ball through the Chinese goalkeeper Ming Cheng’s legs to give Canada its first lead in the 33rd minute, followed by an Son who topped up for Canada’s goal basket in the 35th minute. Another quick 5th goal came from Peraira, who beat the Chinese keeper for Canada.
Final 20 Seconds: Canada was awarded a corner with only 20 seconds left in the third quarter, and that’s when Tupper picked up his second goal of the game. Tupper then scored his third goal of the game in the 52nd minute to complete the hat-trick and Canada’s 7-3 win.
— Field Hockey Canada (@FieldHockeyCan) June 24, 2017
While their final placing has yet to be determined, the top four finishers in London have already been decided, meaning Canada will play for the fifth and final 2018 World Cup spot when it takes to the field in the 5th place match on Sunday.
Canada moves on to play for a spot at the 2018 World Cup in the 5th place match (3:45am PT/6:45am ET; CBC Sports) on Sunday. The Canadians will now face India.
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