Team GB men’s hockey bolsters bid for Olympic gold with consecutive wins in Tokyo, with Liam Ansell scoring twice in 3-1 win over Canada
Liam Ansell was twice in the right place at the right time as Team GB made it two wins out of two to start the men’s hockey league.
Sam Ward, who scored the other goal in a 3-1 win over Canada, played a key role, making sure Ansell tapped for 1-0.
Ward was on the baseline, but had the clever spatial awareness to cut back on the back for an unmarked Ansell who had the enviable task of punching into an empty net.
Liam Ansell (center) scored a brace as the Team GB men’s hockey team took their second win
Sam Ward impressed again when he made it 2-0 from a penalty corner in the second half
The offerer then became the goalscorer when he dragged fiercely into the bottom corner from a penalty corner.
Canada gave Team GB a shock when Floris Van Son slammed home from the edge of the D on the back, but nerves were allayed when Ansell took his second and GB’s third late.
Ansell and Co will return to action on Tuesday morning when they face Germany.
Ward has been the standout player for Team GB at the Games so far and impressed again
Danny Kerry’s side is looking good for the medal battle here and was unlucky not to have their hands on this match sooner were it not for the posts helping Canada out of the fire.
Ward hit the right post in the closing stages of the first half and was in disbelief when the goalkeeper stranded for the attack.
Ultimately, the stalemate in the first half will soon be forgotten and attention will turn to Germany on Tuesday.
With the women’s team themselves beaten by Germany in their opener, Kerry’s side will be wary of allowing complacency now.
Team GB has matched Group B leaders Belgium in achieving a 100 percent start.
Four of the six teams in each group advance to the quarter-finals.
Ansell was on hand to calm any late nerves with a late goal to keep Canada at bay