All five UBC players scored on their shootout opportunities, as did the first four India Club players. But fifth and final shooter missed the net with his attempt, setting off a Thunderbirds celebration around goalkeeper Cam Munsie.
The play during regulation was just as exciting as UBC’s Arif Virjee opened the scoring with a field goal in the first half before India Club quickly replied. In the second half, Phil Allmark earned a penalty after being upended by the opposition goalkeeper. Teammate Oliver Scholfield converted on the ensuing shot to put the Thunderbirds 2-1.
India Club tied the match with less than a minute remaining, sending the game to a shootout with the score 2-2 after regulation.
Three of the UBC players, Scholfield, Matthew Sarmento and Paul Wharton, had a quick turnaround and left for Malaysia on Monday to join the Canadian men’s national team for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, which will run April 5-12.