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Budapest 2017 – Day 3 Report: Canada gets the win in nailbiter against China

(Budapest, Hungary – July 18, 2017) Canada’s Christine Robinson scored the game winning goal with only one second left on the clock to help her team earn a 9-8 victory over China at the 2017 FINA World Championship, in Budapest, Hungary. Trailing by two goals at halftime (3-5), the Canadian women played a strong third quarter scoring five goals to take an 8-5 lead heading into the fourth. China managed to come back to equalize the score (8-8) with only 8 seconds left in the Game. Robinson scored one from centre to ensure the Canadian win with 1 second left.

In the opening minutes of the first quarter, both teams exchanged possession as they were trying to pass through their opponent’s defense. Canada’s had two great chances, but Chinese goalkeeper Lin Peng managed to save it both times. With a little over a minute to go in the quarter, Canada’s defence was caught off guards as China scored on the fast-break to a 1-0 lead. Monika Eggens answered back with a goal of her own to tie things up at 1-1.

Canada hit the post on their first drive of the second quarter, China capitalized on its next opportunity to take the lead (1-2). Eggens netted her second goal of the game to even up the score (2-2). The Chinese squad regained the lead with a power play goal (2-3) just to see Canadian Shae Fournier score her first of two goals (3-3). China scored twice before the end of the half to take a two goal lead heading into the third.

The Canadian squad had a strong start in the third quarter as Hayley McKelvey netted two goals to bring back the teams at 5-5. Emma Wright added one more on the power play goal to give Canada the lead (6-5). Canada’s defence managed to stop the Chinese power play twice and with a little over two minutes to go in the third Fournier fired one to beat keeper and gave her team a two goal lead (7-5). Wright capitalized on a penalty shot awarded to Canada, the red and white was up by three (8-5) heading into the final quarter.

In the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, the Canadian defence contained the Chinese attacks, but were unable to score to give themselves a little break. China then capitalized on their power play opportunities to find themselves within one goal (8-7). The Chinese squad continued to put pressure on the Canadians and with only 8 seconds left, they were able to tie the game. Canada’s head coach, Haris Pavlidis, then called a time out to give his instructions to the team. Kyra Christmas received the ball from her teammate and passed it right away to centre Christine Robinson who beat her defender to score the game winning goal with only 1 second left on the clock.

“When our coach gave us his instructions, I was confident we could score on that last play. I think we were able to take the Chinese by surprise and take advantage of the situation. We have to play until the end, we didn’t give up and we scored. “said Christine Robinson of women’s national team.

Canada is now set to face Brazil on Thursday, July 20 at 5:30pm (local time)/ 11:30 am ET. The Canadian men will play Kazakhstan July 19 at 6:50 pm local/ 12:50 pm ET. Live stream is available via www.cbcsports.ca



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