Govett sparks Canada past Iroquois, 23-8 Germany, Japan improve Red Division records to 3-0

July 19, 1998|By Jamison Hensley and Bill Free

Canada continued its World Games assault, routing the Iroquois Nation, 23-8, yesterday at Homewood Field. That represented the largest margin of victory so far in this year's championships and the first time any nation has broken 20 goals this week.

Steve Govett scored six goals, and Paul and Gary Gait combined for five more for the Canadians (2-0), who have outscored their opponents, 41-17.

With an assortment of behind-the-back passes and shots, Canada scored on its first five shots to open a 5-1 lead and later expanded that to 17-3 with 11 unanswered goals.

However, Canada now faces its toughest tests in Australia and the United States over the next two days.

"This is what the tournament is about, playing the Australians and the U.S.," Paul Gait said. "It will measure our talent and team unity. I don't think we've sent any messages yet."

Germany 12, Scotland 10: Jonathan Damm guessed right and unbeaten Germany won again in a tense Red Division duel against upset-minded Scotland.

Damm and the Germans (3-0) were locked in a tie at 10 with Scotland with 4: 03 left in the game when Damm decided to gamble on a clearing attempt from the behind the net by Scotland defenseman Steve Cook.

Damm cheated back toward Scotland's 49-year-old goalkeeper John Marr in anticipation of a Cook pass to Marr and sure enough the ball came to Marr.

All Damm had to do was step in front of Marr, catch the ball and put it in the net for a 11-10 lead.

"A lot of players might have rushed on a great interception like that and missed the shot," Germany coach Cabell Maddux said. "But not Jonathan Damm. He's been a great finisher and goal scorer all his career and he came through again."

Damm, a 30-year-old attackman from Whittier College, scored four goals yesterday and leads the 11-nation event in goals scored with 13.

Japan 10, Sweden 3: Unbeaten Japan continued to win over a lot of fans with its precision passing, discipline and speed, rolling over Sweden in Red Division play.

The win left Japan with a 3-0 record and set the stage for a 9 a.m. division matchup this morning with Germany, which is also 3-0.

Japan's coach, Yoshihiro Okubo, said through an interpreter his main fear yesterday was fatigue since his team was playing a third game in as many days in the heat and humidity.

"I watched all our players closely in the first quarter to see who was tired and needed to rest," Okubo said. "Some of our players were tired."

Czech Republic 8, Wales 6: Give the Czech Republic's Miroslav Knotek credit.

He had no delusions of grandeur after he scored three goals to lead the Czech squad to its first victory in the World Games, a decision over Wales in the Red Division.

"We're going for third place in our division," Knotek said through an interpreter. "That is a realistic goal now. It was nice to get three goals but I could have scored more."

All three of Knotek's goals came in the first quarter when the Czechs (1-2) jumped to a 4-0 lead.

Pub Date: 7/19/98

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