An ice hockey team from the University of Alberta in Canada scored a four-two victory over the Japanese team, Honshu, in the last match of a three-nation contest at the Yoyogi Olympic Gymnasium in Tokyo on Sunday (26 February).
TV PAN Canada (in green) playing from left to right for first period pushing puck into Japanese area
TV PAN Japanese gain puck but lose it to Canada
TV Mike Broadfoot (Canada) scores
SV Scoreboard shows Canada 1-0 after 53 seconds
TV PAN Japanese attack breaks down
TV Dave Breakwell (Canada) scores second goal
SV Scoreboard shows Canada 2-0
TV PAN Face off in corner, Canadian player hits boards. Japanese gain puck
GV Crowd at end of first period
TV Canada in possession attacking goal
LV Kevin Primeau (Canada) scores
SV Scoreboard shows Canada leading 3-0
TV In final minutes of final period (3rd) Yoshio Hoshino (Japan) scores Japan's first
LV Scoreboard 4-1 to Canada
SV Japan gains possession and attack (2 shots)
TV Tatsutoshi Kawamura (Japan) scores
SV Final score 4-2 Canada
SPORT: ICE HOCKEY
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Background: An ice hockey team from the University of Alberta in Canada scored a four-two victory over the Japanese team, Honshu, in the last match of a three-nation contest at the Yoyogi Olympic Gymnasium in Tokyo on Sunday (26 February). Alberta, the Western College champions, ended the contest with four victories and no defeats. The Japanese team, preparing for next month's world championships in Belgrade, finished in second place with two victories and an American team from the Parkers Club of St. Paul, Minnesota finished at rock bottom with four defeats.
SYNOPSIS: Canada, playing in the dark colours, launched the attack promptly, soon carrying the play into the Japanese area.
The Japanese team fresh from their victory against the American visiting team the previous day, were shaken by the attack, but soon countered and drove up through the Canadian defence.
Canada's first goal came from Mike Broadfoot who put his team one-nil ahead just 53 seconds into the match.
Japan, who had proved themselves strong in passing and faster than the American team on Saturday, counter-attacked. They came close to scoring, but the Canadians manoeuvred the puck away and, within minutes, took another step into the lead. This time it was the turn of Dave Breakwell who scored Canada's second after a long goalmouth scuffle.
After a face out, the Japanese gained possession -- and one Canadian player lost his footing and went crashing on to the boards.
With a furious drive into the Canadian area, the Japanese tried to score. But the first period ended with them two-nil down.
As play resumed, things looked very black for the Japanese team -- and a new Canadian attack suggested little hope of things changing.
Canada looked like achieving a run away victory when, six minutes into the second period, Kevin Primeau scored the first of two more goals he was to add.
But then, as the third and final period got underway, the Japanese team came back into the attack with spirit. Finally, Yoshio Hoshino broke through and, with a long shot, scored the first Japanese goal.
That goal seemed to have broken the jinx that had hampered Japan. The Honshu side were soon attacking again and, this time, it was Tatsutoshi Kawamura who scored, to bring the score up to a final four-two victory for the visiting team from Canada.