|June 17th, 2013|
|11||Pool B||5:00pm||IND - NZL||3 - 3 (0 - 1)||Final||x 6|
India – New Zealand 3-3 (0-1 halftime)
It was clear that the final day of Group B action at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final would be a dog fight with the four teams all separated by only three points. New Zealand and India kicked off the grand finale with a hard fought 3-3 draw.
It looked early on like it would be a high-scoring affair when New Zealand’s Marcus Child fired in the 1-0 goal just six minutes into the game. But after the initial strike goals were at a premium as the teams had nothing to show for their back-and-forth efforts. New Zealand was the better team of the half, but India stayed tough on defense and allowed just the one goal.
The second half was an entirely different story from the first as the goals started flowing on both sides of the field. India came out of the break fired up and immediately mounted a 2-1 lead with a field goal and penalty corner coming just a minute apart.
New Zealand reacted quickly and equalized the game at two when Stephen Jenness scored one of the best goals of the tournament with a diving deflection. But the stalemate lasted only two minutes when India’s Kothajit Singh took advantage of confusion in front of the New Zealand net to score the go-ahead 3-2 goal.
With seven minutes to go, New Zealand was given the golden chance to tie the game, but Dean Couzins penalty stroke was stopped by Indian goalie Sreejesh. But New Zealand quickly atoned for the missed chance when Blair Hilton scored the 3-3 goal two minutes later.
The Blair goal would stand through the last five minutes of play as the game ended in the 3-3 draw.
|June 17th, 2013 at 10:11 am||With Group A settled, it's time to turn our attention to Group B. India vs. New Zealand just got underway|
|June 17th, 2013 at 10:13 am||Marcus Child gives New Zealand the early lead, scoring just six minutes into the game.|
|June 17th, 2013 at 10:30 am||New Zealand still holding on to its 1-0 lead -- a few good chances to double the lead, but India hanging tough on D.|
|June 17th, 2013 at 10:43 am||New Zealand takes a slim 1-0 lead into the break against India -- the game has big implications for the final Group B placements|
|June 17th, 2013 at 10:49 am||The teams are heading out for the second half of action....New Zealand with the 1-0 lead over India.|
|June 17th, 2013 at 11:07 am||India ties the game at one after M. Singh has a great tip in|
|June 17th, 2013 at 11:07 am||India takes the 2-1 lead on a penalty corner goal|
|June 17th, 2013 at 11:11 am||New Zealand erases the Indian lead when Jeness makes an amazing diving deflection. Score now 2-2|
|June 17th, 2013 at 11:12 am||Correction Inglis gets credit for the 2-2 goal|
|June 17th, 2013 at 11:14 am||The shootout at the OK Coral continues with India taking the 3-2 lead after confusion in front of the net leads to a tap in goal|
|June 17th, 2013 at 11:25 am||A penalty stroke is awarded to New Zealand adn captain Dean Couzins easily fires in the 3-3 equalizer with seven minutes left|
|June 17th, 2013 at 11:27 am||Correction -- the ball looked like it went in on the angle but was actually saved and bounce off the top cross bar. Score still 3-2|
|June 17th, 2013 at 11:28 am||But the odd bounce makes no difference as Hilton comes back down field and puts in the 3-3 goal, it will be a thrilling last 5 minutes|
|June 17th, 2013 at 11:34 am||The final hooter blows and the game ends in a 3-3 draw. Stay tuned for the NED v. IRE game to see how Group B ends!|