Canada left it late but still had enough firepower to beat Poland 4-0 in their second match of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to earn all points at the Azlan Shah Stadium.
Both teams had lost their opening match and needed to win and keep in touch of a podium finish. Canada lost 3-6 to South Korea while the Poland side was beaten 1-5 by Malaysia.
Canada coach Paul Bundy was happy that they were patient enough to get the goals in the last quarter.
“Against teams like Poland you need patience. The players did well to hold their own and then go in for the kill. There was a moment in the fourth quarter when the Polish side could have reduced the deficit. That could have turned the match around.
“But the decision went our way and we managed to win comfortably,” he said.
It was a quiet first half for both teams as they hardly had a decent shot at goal.
The 10th ranked Canadian team took the lead in the 36th minute Brendan Bisset scored from open play to give his team the lead.
Devohn Noronha Teixeira then put them in a more comfortable position with a second goal in the 47th minute from a field attempt.
The Poland side had two penalty corners to get a goal but was not able to execute them properly.
Gordon Johnston sealed the victory for the North American team with a penalty corner goal in the 55th minute.
For good measure, the Canadians scored a fourth goal when a quick counter-attack allowed Devohn to slam home from top D for his second goal of the game.
Poland coach Karol Zniezek felt they played a better game and was pleased with some of their play.
“It is always good when you re able to get some of the moves you had planned for. The players are learning, and we want to keep on improving. I am sure we will get better as we pay the better teams,” he added.
Poland remains at the bottom of the table with no points after two match