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Budapest 2017 – Day 5 Report: Canada finishes second of Group A after defeating Brazil 16-6

(Budapest, Hungary, July 20, 2017) – The Canadian women had a great third showing as they defeated Brazil 16 to 6 at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Canada’s attack was consistent throughout the match scoring 4 goals per quarter to earn the victory over the Brazilians.

Canada had a strong start in the first quarter, Emma Wright converted a penalty shot to give her team the lead on its first drive. Eggens added one less than a minute later to put Canada in front by two. Brazil came back with two goals to tie the game at 2-2. Kyra Christmas then scored her first of five goals on the Canadian power play to regain the lead (3-2). Canada added one more goal before the end of the quarter (4-2).

Both teams exchanged scoring opportunities at the beginning of the second quarter. Joelle Bekhazi then scored her first of the tournament, when her shot was deflected by Brazilian defender. Christmas netted her third of the game, just to see Alogbo put Canada in front 7-3. The Alberta native, Christmas continued on her impressive performance by adding one more goal before the end of the half (8-4).

Shae Fournier and Hayley McKelvey both scored at the beginning of the third to give Canada a six goal lead (10 – 4) as Canada outscored Brazil 8 -2 in the second half. Brazil regained the ball after a saved penalty to scored one. (10 – 5). Fournier fired two from outside, beating the keeper twice on the same side. Canada was up 12-5 heading into the final quarter.

Canada controlled the final quarter, McKelvey showed patience before scoring her second of the night on a lob shot to put the score at 13-5. Canadian goalkeeper Ymane Hage played her first minutes of the tournament in the second half and she responded well with two good saves. Halfway through the last quarter, Christmas netted her fifth of the night. Elyse Lemay-Lavoie finished the work with two goals of her own. Once again, the Canadians had a strong showing in the fourth quarter, limiting Brazil to only one goal scored with 1 second left in the game. Canada earned a 16 – 6 victory.

“Prior to the match, we practiced well to understand the Brazilian system better because we hadn’t faced them in a while. Our goal was to keep pushing and to stick to our own system. We took a lot of shots today which was lacking in the first two games. In the crossover we will likely be facing New Zealand who is also a physical team, but if we stay focused on our game we should be good.” said Joelle Bekhazi of the women’s national team.

The Canadian team finishes the group phase in second place and will face the third place of Group B (New Zealand/Spain) in the crossover match this Saturday, July 22 at 5:30 pm (Local time)/ 11:30 am ET. The Canadian men will face Brazil in their third group match tomorrow, Friday July 21 at 5:30 pm (Local time)/ 11:30 am ET.



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