Ryan Archibald's bang account afore the hooter helped New Zealand bend accomplished Canada 3-2 in a Pool A bout of the Hockey Apple Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium actuality Monday.Going by the apple rankings, there is little to accept amid the two teams and it showed on the acreage as they put up a angry performance. New Zealand are ranked eighth in the apple while Canada are three places abaft them.Canada opened the scoring in the aboriginal minute of the bout through Mark Pearson afore Priyesh Bhana (11th minute) equalised for New Zealand. Canada afresh took the advance through Philip Wright (20th) but New Zealand levelled through a amends bend bang from Nicholas Haig (47th ). Archibald sneaked in with a ambition alone four account afore the end to accompany abatement to the New Zealand camp.
It was the lower ranked Canada who afraid the Black Sticks with their actual aboriginal move back Pearson, demography advantage of an off bouncer New Zealand defence, airtight the brawl accomplished goalkeeper Kyle Pontifex.Indian agent striker Bhana, who came in abode of Simon Child afterwards he pulled out from the tournament, articulate the lath with a move from Phillip Burrows. Bhana's aboriginal attempt was adored by goalkeeper Dave Carter but he cautiously managed to put it beyond on the rebound.Both teams stepped up the advance in the additional half, admitting Canada were additionally able in the defence and baffled some acceptable New Zealand moves.New Zealand got the important equaliser, converting their aboriginal amends bend through Haig.Archibald, whose ancestor Jeff was a affiliate of the 1976 New Zealand aggregation which won gold badge in Montreal Olympics, accomplished off in appearance with a accomplished strike.