|TT fall in Pan Am Hockey semis |
SHERDON PIERRE Saturday, August 12 2017
Argentina whipped Trinidad and Tobago men`s hockey team 8-1 in the semi-final round of the 2017 Menís Pan American Hockey Cup held at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA on Thursday afternoon.
TT was totally outclassed in this encounter as the goals leaked as early as the third minute when Martias Paredes gave the Argentines the 1-0 lead.
He scored two other goals in the next two minutes to record a hattrick in five minutes. Rounding off the scoring and the 5-0 lead in the first quarter were Ignacio Ortiz (eighth minute) and Gonzalo Peillat (10th minute). TT had an improved performance as they regrouped and settled to the pace of the defending champions and number one ranked team in the world. The South American team was only allowed to score three more goals with a double from Santiago Tarazona in the 27th and 47th minute, while Marc Ganly had one goal in the 41st minute.
In the 38th minute, TT `s captain Akim Toussaint scored the lone goal in the match and his second of the tournament. In the semi-final battle of North American teams, Canada defeated USA (4-3) on penalties after the game was tied 1-1 after regulation time.
Both goals were scored in the first period with Canada opening the scoring through Gordon Johnston in the eighth and Paul Singh for USA in the 14th. Today will be the final day of competition as Argentina will face Canada in the final for the fifth straight time at 5.45 pm, while TT will do battle against USA at 3.30pm for the bronze medal.