Three minutes in and Belgium already had the first lead of the Men’s Hockey World Cup. It wasn’t an ideal start for Team Canada.

According to veteran midfielder, Mark Pearson, the team’s response was really solid.

“We had to feel our way into the game, we did a great job responding early and playing good defense for the rest of the game. Belgium has one of the best forward lines in the world and between Toni (Kindler) and the other guys back there, we did a good job keeping them out.” he said.

Canada’s Head Coach, Paul Bundy said the team cleaned up their act after the first quarter and started to believe in themselves and their game plan.

“We knew we were going to have to soak up a lot of pressure against Belgium,” Bundy said.We played some really gritty defense and then got on the attack and had a much better second half.” he said.

Canadian goalkeeper, Antoni Kindler, was sensational between the pipes for all 60 minutes. Save after save, especially in the first half, kept Canada in the match and kept Belgium increasingly frustrated.

“Obviously we’re disappointed with the final result,” Kindler said.

Despite not being able to secure any points from today’s match, Canada has momentum on their side after an action-packed fourth quarter and a 60-minute display of terrific team defense against a quality opponent.

Canada will take on Commonwealth rival, South Africa in a huge Pool C matchup on Sunday December 2 at 3:30am PDT (6:30am EDT).