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Canada wins field hockey silver medal at Youth Olympics

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According to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games website, Team Canada won a silver medal on Wednesday on the final day of competition at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. The Canadian boys field hockey team won a silver medal after losing 4-3 to Australia in the gold medal final.

The Canadian team defeated South Africa 5-1 and Bangladesh 4-1 in the round robin and lost to Spain 6-3 and Australia 5-2. Then in the medal round, all of Canada's games went to a shootout. In the quarterfinals on Saturday, Canada defeated Pakistan 3-2 in the shootout after being tied 7-7 in regulation. In the semi-finals, Canada defeated Spain 6-5 in the shootout after being tied 4-4 in regulation. Then in the final, Australia defeated Canada 3-2 in the shootout after being tied 3-3 in regulation.

Spain won the bronze medal after beating South Africa 7-4. Spain's only tournament loss came against Canada after going through the round robin undefeated and beating Zambia 10-1 in the quarterfinals.

The Canadian team consisted of Parmeet Gill of Brampton, Ontario; William Manning of Ottawa, Ontario; Floyd Mascarenhas of Mississauga, Ontario; Braedon Muldoon of Nepean, Ontario; Balraj Panesar and Brandon Pereira of Surrey, British Columbia; Vikramjeet Sandhu of Vancouver, British Columbia; Arjshjit Sidhu of Abbotsford, British Columbia and Harbir Sidhu of Victoria, British Columbia. Canada's leading tournament scorer was Arjshjit Sidhu who notched nine goals including two goals each in every playoff game.

The field hockey tournament at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games was unique because teams played five players aside on the pitch. In traditional field hockey, each team plays with 11 players.

Canada finished the Youth Olympic Games with seven medals. Their four silver medals and three bronze medals were good enough for 33rd overall in the total medal standings.

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