T&T's stick women were at the end of a demoralizing 13-0 defeat by Canada on Sunday, when action continued in the Pan American Hockey Cup Challenge in Santiago, Chile, however, they still progressed to the next round.
Madison Thompson and Thora Rae led the way for the Canadians with hat-tricks each, taking their team to the top position on the standings with six points in Pool B after three matches. The USA though, has only played twice and they will be going after the top spot in their final game of the group phase.
Yesterday though the Canadians who were beaten by the USA 3-1 had a point to prove and they did it. It took just six minutes for Elise Wong to open the scoring for the Canadians from a field goal. Thereafter the floodgates had opened.
Thompson gave her team a two-goal cushion in the seventh minute before completing her hat-trick with items in the 11th and 39th, all from field goals.
Rae scored her team's fifth and sixth goals in the 18th and 20th minutes respectively before later rounding off the scoring with the final goal in the 60th minute. It was a display dominant display in the field by the North Americans, taking advantage of a fragile T&T defence.
Apart from Wong, Thompson and Rae, the Canadians got their other goals from Karli Johansen (17th), Madeline Secco (24th), Natalie Sourisseau (26th), Brienne Stairs (30th), Sara McManus (34th) and Anna Mollenhauer (55th), all coming from the field of play.
The T&T women were hammered by the USA 16-0 in their opening game but they rebounded in the second by beating Peru 2-0. The T&T women are in third position with three points in as many games with a goal difference of -27.
Meanwhile, the T&T men stickmen will play Canada on Monday from 2 pm and the team has a mathematical chance of advancing. On Saturday the T&T went down to Mexico 4-2, and despite being at the bottom of the chart in Pool B, will have to beat the Canadians to move on in the tournament.