|February 19th, 2012|
|4||Pool A||12:00pm||CAN - POL||2 - 3 (1 - 2)||Final||x 8|
Canada were looking for a second win after clearly defeating Italy (9-0), while Poland were looking for redemption after their narrow loss to France (1-2). Both teams were immediately in action in a physical start of game, Canada were more collectively threatening while the Poles were relying on the dashes of their captain Dariusz RACHWALSKI to push the game up field.
Canada had an opportunity on penalty-corner but Scott TUPPER’s low flick was deflected wide. Poland opened the scoring on the next play, Mateusz POLTASZEWSKI diving to deflect the ball out of reach of David CARTER in the Canadian goal.
With two minutes to go in the period, Poland added a goal after a wild scramble in front of the Canadian goal and things started to look grim for Canada. They however to pull back a goal by Iain SMYTHE, with 5 seconds left on the clock, after patient preparatory work by veterans Ken PEREIRA and Rob SHORT.
Canada earned a penalty-corner early in second period after a free hit swiftly played, but their option fizzled. The match was an entertaining display of hockey, the two teams displaying excellent individual skills and rigorous structure, and danger was shifting rapidly from one end to the other. Both goal-keepers were called into action with shots or deflections from close range, but the score did not evolve until the 55th minute, when Sukhwinder “Gabbar” SINGH managed to extract the ball from a scramble to push it in goal, tying the score at 2-2.
Having come back from a two-goal deficit, Canada had the opportunity to jump into the lead with two more penalty-corners, but they could not control them. Both teams pushed hard to break the deadlock in the final minutes of play, and Dariusz RACHWALSKI grabbed the winner with a penalty-corner forced in the final seconds of the match.
Player of the Match was Mariusz CHYLA, goal-keeper of Poland.