The hosts hoped a little home court magic would help them on the way to an upset – instead, the Keyano Huskies showed the skill that earned them top spot in their pool and earned their way to the gold medal game. The Huskies dynamic skill was on full display in an 8-2 win over the Lethbridge College Kodiaks.
The Kodiaks struck first in the game, as Ben Knight drilled a free kick from just inside half court to make it 1-0 Lethbridge. But Keyano would tie it, then go ahead on an odd one as Eduardo Filho blocked a shot in his own end that flew all the way down the court and into the Kodiaks net. The Huskies added one more before the break and led 3-1 at half.
The Kodiaks again came out firing to start the second half, as Wilson Ntignee hit the post but James Britton was there to clean up the rebound and cut the Keyano lead to one. However, the Huskies bit back immediately, as Filho's third of the game made it 4-2, before a beautiful rush down the right side by Djokira Konate was finished with a perfect shot inside the far post to put Keyano up 5-2. With the Huskies up 6-2 after Filho's fourth goal of the match, the Kodiaks last great gasp was thwarted by Keyano netminder Julio Meirelles who stopped Ntignee, then Knight with a great diving save. The Huskies advance to the gold medal game at 5:45 p.m., while the Kodiaks will play for bronze at 3 p.m.
Keyano: Filho 4, Koebsch 2, Konate, Miguel
Lethbridge: Knight, Britton
Players of the game:
Keyano: Julio Meirelles
Lethbridge: Jaden Veluw