USA, Iroquois Move to 2-0, Canada-England Next in Blue Action
Canada and England are the final remaining contest in Blue Division play from the second full day of action at the FIL World Championships, as the United States and Iroquois Nationals improved to 2-0 with wins over Japan and Australia, respectively. The defending gold medalists took a 16-7 win over Australia, while the Iroquois romped to a 24-9 win over Japan in the early game. Finally, Canada and England will wrap the night, each looking for its first victory here in Colorado.
We'll have some updates posted to the page once the Canada-England game gets underway.
Blog Replay: United States 16, Australia 7
Recap: Iroquois 24, Japan 9
The Nationals continued their torrid start to FIL play, dominating Japan to improve to 2-0 behind nine points from Miles Thompson, eight from Randy Staats and seven from Cody Jamieson. In two games in less than 24 hours, the Iroquois have put up 39 goals and allowed just 13 against England and now Japan.
Jerome Thompson led the goal scoring effort for the second straight contest, pocketing four goals after three against England. Vaughn Harris scored three, while also going 12-for-22 faceing off. Jamieson had three goals to go with four assists, while Roger Vyse scored three and assisted on another two. Miles Thompson and Staats did most of their damage on helpers, assisting seven and six, respectively.
Japan, which had two goals ach from Yuji Tadahira and Ryu Matsushita, kept the action close in the early going, playing the Nationals to a 4-4 tie after one quarter. But Lyle Thompson scored early in the second and the Nationals went on a 6-1 run into the half and controlled the game the rest of the way.
One potential worry for the Iroquois is penalties, as they took a total of 11 for nine minutes in the box against Japan. They allowed just two goals on man-down defense, but handing teams like the United States and Canada that kind of advantage could prove disasterous in later rounds.
Blog Replay: Iroquois 24, Japan 9
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