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Budapest 2017 – Day 6: Canada gets the draw against Brazil

(Budapest, Hungary, July 21st) Canada ended its group phase with a 6-6 draw against Brazil at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The Canadian men finish in fourth place in Group A, they will now battle for the 13th spot.

In the first quarter, Brazil opened the score after a Canadian exclusion. Nicolas Constantin-Bicari answered back for Canada less than a minute later. It was a very close game, as both teams had their opportunities to take the lead. Canadian Devon Thumwood fired one from outside on the power play to give his team a 2-1 lead heading into the second quarter.

George Torakis doubled Canada’s lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter (3-1). Brazil answered back with a converted penalty shot and one from outside to tie things up at 3-3. Rookie Reuel D’Souza then netted one to regain the lead, just to see Brazil score the equalizer less than 30 seconds later (4-4). Two good saves by the Brazilian goalkeeper and a solid Canadian defense meant no team will be able to take the lead before the end of the half.

A double exclusion against Canada at the beginning of the third quarter allowed Brazil to take the lead 5-4. A great battle in front of the net by Matt Halajian helped him score the equalizing goal on the next possession. The rest of the third quarter was all Canada’s defense, limiting Brazil to only few opportunities. Aria Soleimani added one goal on the power play to give the red and white a 6-5 lead heading into the final quarter.

The teams exchanged scoring chances at the beginning of the fourth, but both goalkeepers made important saves for their respective teams. Canada tried to create something offensively by passing the ball to Captain Constantin-Bicari, but he was always closely checked by the Brazilian squad. Brazil managed to tie the score on its power play (6-6). Once again, both goalies did the work and neither of the teams were able to take advantage. Despite getting an extra-man advantage with less than a minute to go, the Canadian attack was not able to get to the net as the last shot hit the block. In the end, Canada had to settle for a 6-6 draw. The young Canadian team showed a lot of character, with two draws and a one-goal loss, the future is certainly bright for the red and white.

Canada still has two more games to play, starting this Sunday, July 23 at 10:30 am local / 4:30 am Est. as they face the fourth team of Group B. The winner of this match will face the winner of 4C vs 4D for the 13th place. Our Canadian Women’s National Team will face New Zealand tomorrow at 5:30 pm local/ 11:30 am EST in the first match of the eliminatory stage.



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