Odisha Sun Times Sports Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 14:
Debutant local team Kalinga Lancers may have failed to book a berth in the semifinal round of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL) but they more than made up for it, by registering an emphatic 4-1 vicory over title holders Ranchi Rhinos in a league match here on Friday evening.
Gonzalo Peillat scored a double to guide Kalinga Lancers to an invincible position in the match.
It was the penultimate match for Lancers in this edition of HHIL and they played like heroes.They scored three goals in the second quarter to take a sizeable 3-0 lead.
The Lancers scored first with a field goal by Aron Zalewski (23rd minute) before Devinder Walmiki (28th) and Peillat converted penalty corners to go into the interval leading 3-0.
Rhinos came back after the break with a field goal by Pradhan Somanna in the 45th minute.
Peillat scored a field goal in the dying minute of the match to stretch the Lancer’s victory margin to 4-1.
Ranchi Rhinos had defeated the Odisha side 3-2 in their previous encounter on February 7.
Lancers bagged five points taking their tally to 16 points from nine games.
Following today’s drubbing, Rhinos remained at the fourth spot with 24 points from eight matches.
The Lancers will play Dabur Mumbai Magicians in their final game of HHIL 2014 in Mumbai on Saturday, while the Rhinos will take on Jaypee Punjab Warriors in Mohali later in the day.