Hockey men leave it late

Monday 11 October 2010, 8:13AM

By New Zealand Olympic Committee


The New Zealand men’s hockey team went within three minutes of elimination from the Commonwealth Games today.

The Black Sticks met Canada in their final pool match and needed just a draw to advance to the semi-finals.

But Canada took the game to the New Zealanders and with just three minutes remaining led 1-0.

To the relief of the New Zealanders, Hayden Shaw then converted a penalty corner with one of his specialty drag flicks to level the scores at 1-1.

New Zealand now meets world No 1 Australia in the semi-finals.