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Black Sticks win bronze in Malaysia

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/04/2016
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New Zealand has turned around a two-goal deficit to win bronze in a 5-4 shoot-out victory over Malaysia at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup men's hockey tournament.

The Black Sticks mounted a strong comeback in Kuala Lumpur early on Sunday (NZT) to take the game to a shoot-out after a 3-3 draw at the end of regulation time.

Hayden Phillips kickstarted the comeback with his first international goal, a screamer into the top of the net off his reverse stick, before Kane Russell scored a second-half double of penalty corner flicks.

The Black Sticks were successful with all five shots in the shoot-out before goalkeeper Devon Manchester proved the hero after padding away Malaysia's fifth attempt.

Coach Colin Batch was pleased with the way his team fought back from a slow start.

"It wasn't such a good start from us tonight, we were well below our level and it was disappointing to allow them two quick goals," he said.

"But we are creating a belief within this group that we can handle these high pressure situations."

New Zealand were defending champions, but a 1-0 pool match loss to Australia ultimately destroyed their hopes of making the final.

The Kookaburras will play India in the gold medal match.

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