Ice hockey...and in Tokyo the Japanese have showed that they're a force to be reckoned?
Ice hockey...and in Tokyo the Japanese have showed that they're a force to be reckoned with during a tournament against Canada and the USSR. Playing against two of the most experienced countries in the world, they beat the Soviet Union once and Canada twice. On the final day of the tournament on Sunday (25 February) the Japanese had a convincing 6-4 win over the Canadians.
SYNOPSIS: Playing at the Yogogi Stadium in Tokyo against a Canadian team wearing a white strip, the Japanese got off to a good start with a two-goal lead.
The Canadian fought back, and levelled the score at two-all with this goal by number 11, Pat Keough.
But the superiority of the home side showed itself when, from the face-off, the Japanese regained the lead.
They increased their advantage over the Canadians with a fourth goal and it began to look as if Japan had the match sewn up.
The morale of the Japanese team had been boosted by their earlier win and, although Canada pulled one back, Hanzawa made it 5-4.
A safe margin was ensured when Wakasa scored the sixth goal for Japan.
After beating Canada 4-2 the first time round, it was another satisfying result. They also had good reason to be satisfied with their performances against the Soviet Union. Although they lost one game 8-4, they took the other 4-3.