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Budapest 2017 – Day 4 Recap: Tough loss for Canada against Kazakhstan

Budapest, Hungary, July 19 2017 -  The Canadian men knew it wouldn’t be easy against Kazakhstan. Despite a hard-fought battle Canada fell 10-9 to the Kazakhs in their second group match at the 2017 FINA World Championships, in Budapest.

In the opening quarter, both teams had their scoring chances, but it was Kazakhstan that put the first point on the board. Devon Thumwood answered back right away with his first of four goals on the Canadian power play. After seeing Kazakhstan take the lead, Aria Soleimani converted a penalty shot to even the score 2-2 before the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, Canada took the lead for the first time when Nicolas Constantin-Bicari scored from centre after a nice setup by his teammate. The Kazakhs scored three consecutive goals to take the lead with a little over a minute left in the half. A powerful shot from outside and a converted penalty by Thumwood with only 3 seconds left, helped Canada tie the game at 5.

Both teams exchanged goals at the beginning of the third quarter, just to see Constantin-Bicari score his third of the game on the power play. Canada was up by one (7-6). The Kazakh squad answered with a goal on their own. Canada then took advantage of a 2 on 1 when Thumwood netted his fourth of the game on a great play by Captain Constantin-Bicari. Canada had now a one goal lead heading into the final quarter.

The Kazakhs managed to tie the score in the opening 30 seconds and added one more on its next possession putting them up by one. Three minutes later, Kazakhstan scored on a fast-break to take a two goal lead with only two minutes to play. Scott Robinson scored one for the red and white to put his team within one goal. Canada would have one last attempt to equalize, but Kazakhstan’s defense contained the Canadians to earn the win.

With a 0-1-1 record, Canada will now face Brazil this Friday, July 21 at 5:30 pm local/11:30 am ET. The Canadian Women’s team will also play the Brazilians, July 20 at 5:30 pm local/11:30 am ET. Live stream is available via www.cbcsports.ca



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