The men started the match in a fit of rage and were already 2-0 up after 5 minutes thanks to hits by Billy Packer and Terry Brinkman. Defensive tampering led to the Canadians’ goal in the first quarter. No goals were scored in the second quarter.
In the third part, the Netherlands repeatedly took possession of the defensive Canadians very hard, but the team barely managed to become dangerous. Penalties can’t be converted into goals either. The Netherlands have yet to score a single kick in Tokyo from the 12 penalties they have received.
In the fourth period, orange remained the dominant party, but it remained difficult to create big opportunities. 11 minutes before the end, Joip de Mol added the difference through the Canadian goalkeeper. Except for the first goal, the orange wasted little defensively, but had to stay alert until the end after a stray penalty by the Canadians that heralded a 3-2 score.
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When Canada substituted a goalkeeper for a field player in the final stage in an effort to score the equalizer, Mirco Pruyser scored the decisive goal.
The hockey players lost their first game against Belgium 3-1 and against the under-appreciated South Africa, the formation of national coach Max Caldas won 5-3. The Netherlands plays its fourth match against Great Britain on Thursday.
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