Malaysia finishes third after trouncing Canada in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Malaysia’s Aiman Rozemi (right) is closely marked by Canada’s James Wallace. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: The Malaysian hockey team bounced back from a goal behind to beat Canada 4-2, finishing third in the 28th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Tournament today.

This is Malaysia’s second straight win over Canada in two days, having triumphed 3-2 against the same opponents in their final round-robin match here at the Azlan Shah Stadium yesterday.

In today’s third-place playoff, Canada stunned the 2,000 Malaysian fans and the Speedy Tigers, as the national hockey team are known, by taking the lead in the 14th minute when Mark Pearson scored a field goal.

Malaysia then struck four times in 22 minutes to make it 4-1.

Nik Muhammad Aiman Nik Rozemi scored the equaliser in the 23rd minute, off a penalty corner set piece. Muhammad Azrai Aizad Abu Kamal then added a second six minutes later with a field goal.

Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abdul Jalil made it 3-1 for Malaysia in the 30th minute after a nifty one-two with Norsyafiq Sumantri.

Finally, Faizal Saari added some gloss to the scoreline when he netted the fourth off a penalty corner set piece in the 45th minute.

At the 59th minute, Canada pulled one back in with James Wallace sounding the board with a hard shot.