Top-ranked Argentina blanks Canada in 2017 Pan Am Cup men’s final

Argentina vs Canada PanAm Cup gold medal game
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Argentina’s Juan Martin Lopez (17) fires the ball past Canada’s Taylor Curran (29) during first half action of a Pan American Cup mens gold medal game at Spooky Nook Sports Complex in East Hempfield Twp. Saturday August 12, 2017.


Argentina roared into the 2017 Pan American Cup tournament as the top-ranked men’s field hockey team in the world.

Los Leones maintained the momentum throughout the tournament in a run that culminated with a 2-0 win over Canada in Saturday’s gold medal match at Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim.

Ignacio Ortiz broke the scoreless tie in the game’s sixth minute, lunging toward to deflect a pass from Matias Paredes with one hand, as the sun set under a gold-cloaked post-thunderstorm sky.

Argentina’s Ignacio Ortiz punches in the game’s first goal in the 5th minute with a driving, diving effort.

— Tim Gross (@TimGrossLNP) August 12, 2017

Lucas Villa added to the lead with a booming shot in the 25th minute, sending Argentina into halftime with…