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Junior Hockey WC: India make a roaring comeback, thump Canada 13-1

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On a day when the first four matches of the Junior Hockey World Cup had already produced as many as 56 goals, India did not fail to deliver in Bhubaneswar. Against a lowly Canadian side, they won 13-1 at Kalinga Stadium.
For the hosts, Sanjay and Araijeet Singh Hundal both scored hat-tricks while Sharda Nand Tiwari and Uttam Singh sounded the board twice. The remaining three goals were scored by Maninder Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad and Abhisek Lakra. For Canada, Christopher Tardif scored the only goal.
While it was no doubt a brilliant performance by the Indian team, but Canada are a team that got to know they will be playing in the tournament only a little more than a month ago after Australia and New Zealand pulled out due the ongoing Covid travel restrictions.

📸 | Glimpses from our Goal Fest tonight 😎Which one was your favourite?#IndiaKaGame #JWC2021 #RisingStars https://t.co/ro33TfXzQQ

— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 1637857070000

Nonetheless it was an important victory especially after the shock loss against France. While Sanjay impressed with his penalty conversions, Maninder stole the show with his skills upfront. He was always at the right place at the right time. Not only did ke make a number of assists, he made some great runs that left the Canadian defenders in awe.
As for the stats, it was mind boggling to say the least. India had a total of 54 circle penetrations, 19 shots on goal and 11 penalty corners. As for the goals, India scored six from penalty corners and an equal number of field goals while the remaining one was a penalty stroke.
India will now get a break on Friday and take on Poland on Saturday. Canada, meanwhile, will play France.
Earlier, India started off really well. Unlike the match against France, they were dominating from the word go and took the lead in the third minute when Uttam calmly put the ball into the net after receiving it from Maninder.

With an exquisite hat-trick against Canada, Araijeet Singh Hundal is the Player of the Match 👏#IndiaKaGame… https://t.co/4L8ohHW8qv

— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 1637858127000

Five minutes later, India doubled the lead and this time Vivek chipped the ball over the incoming goalkeeper and into the net. Canada did win a couple of penalty corners but they were unable to convert them and as the second quarter began India made it 3-0.
This time Sanjay, who had scored a hat-trick against France, converted a penalty stoke after his shot from the penalty corner hit Sean Davis on the line.
Despite the lead, India kept up the pressure. In the end, their high press was too much to handle for the Canadians and Maninder took advantage of a mis pass and made it 4-0 for the hosts.
Canada however did get one back towards the very end of the second quarter after Tardif deflected Roopkanwar Dhillon’s shot from the PC into the net.

7⃣0⃣ goals in a day 🤩Spectacular display of hockey by our #RisingStars as we got to see the highest number of goa… https://t.co/veSWGqpVW7

— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 1637859284000

Spain, Argentina, Dutch triumph
Records were created and broken as it rained goals on the second day.
First, Argentina, the 2005 champions, broke the record for the biggest ever win in the tournament as they beat Egypt 14-0. However, the record was bettered by Spain in the afternoon when they thrashed USA 17-0. With the win, they also equalled the record for the most number of goals scored in a match which had earlier been created when the Netherlands beat Korea 12-5.
For Argentina, as many as nine players got their names on the scoresheet with captain Facundo Zarate scoring a hat-trick in the first match of the day. France, who beat India on Wednesday, earned their second win as they beat Poland 7-1.

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