Azlan Shah Hockey: Korea thrashes Canada
A hat trick of goals, the first of the current tournament, by Lee Namyong saw Korea racing to an impressive 6-3 win over Canada in the 28th Azlan Shah Hockey Tournament at Ipoh on Saturday. The win for Koreans came in spite of a gallant fight back by Canadians who scored three goals after trailing 0-6 till a minute before the end of the third quarter.
The day, however, belonged to Lee Namyong who pelted in a penalty corner in the 43rd minute besides scoring two brilliant field goals in the 19th and 31st minutes to notch up a hat trick.
Jang Jonghyun scored a brace for Korea. His goals, both penalty corner conversions, came in the 20th and 44th minute. In fact, it was Jinghou Kim gave the Koreans an early break with a penalty corner goal in the 14th minute. Once in lead, Koreans never looked back and continued to build pressure on the Canadian defense.
Though the Canadians tried desperately to stage a comeback in the game against fast moving Koreans but their efforts were all foiled by the deep defense of once giants of Asian hockey.
It may be pertinent to mention that in a practice game before the start of the event, the Koreans had trounced Japan 6-0.
The most exciting period of the game was the last two minutes of the third quarter that saw three goals being scored, one by Korea and two by Canada. In fact it was the start of the Canadian fight back. Mathew Sarmento scored a brilliant field goal in the 45th minute before Froese Adam made full use of a penalty stroke award. Five minutes into the fourth and final quarter, Boothroyd Fin pulled yet another one back to score Canada’s third goal from a brilliant move.
– PTC News