Uttar Pradesh Wizards wins over Kalinga Lancers in the opening match

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 19: Hockey lovers in Bhubaneshwar experienced a great finish to the  opening match of the 4th Coal India Hockey India League yesterday at the Kalinga Stadium, where Uttar Pradesh Wizards defeated Kalinga Lancers 8-6. Kalinga Lancers, who held their fort well for most of the game, gave way to the visitors conceding a crucial goal in the dying moments of the fourth and final quarter. 

 The opening match also marked the application of the new scoring system to Hockey where every field goal is equal to 2 goals. The first half opened to a flurry of attacks from both Kalinga Lancers and Uttar Pradesh Wizards. The first team to break the deadlock in the match was Uttar Pradesh Wizards, when JoulieWouter capitalized on the first opportunity and converted a field goal in the 9thminute to give the visitors the first ever goal in the new look Coal India Hockey India League giving them a 2-0 lead.

 Kenneth Bain soon followed Joulie in the goal scoring tally with another field goal in the 14th minute taking the UP team to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter. The hosts fought back hard and scored on the counter attack through a much needed field goal from Pradeep Mor, finishing the first quarter trailing by two goals to the visitors at 4-2. 

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