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Budapest 2017 - Day 7 Recap : Canada tops New Zealand to move on to the quarterfinals
(Budapest, Hungary, July 22 2017) - Canada had a great team performance on Saturday, to get the 16-3 win against New Zealand, at the FINA World Championships, in Budapest, Hungary. The Canadian offense certainly showcased its depth in this matchup as eight different players scored for the Canadian squad.

Canada had a strong start in the first quarter, Emma Wright, Joelle Bekhazi (2) and Monika Eggens helped the Canadian squad take 4-0 lead early on. New Zealand answered back with one just to see Elyse Lemay-Lavoie score one to give back a 4 goal lead to her team at the end of the first quarter.

At the opening minutes of the second quarter, Canada added 2 more goals to its lead. Lemay-Lavoie and McKelvey both capitalizing on their chances. The Kiwis also took advantage of one opportunity to put the score at 7-2. With a little under four minutes to play, Christmas beat the goalkeeper with a lob shot to give Canada a 8-2 lead. Christine Robinson would also score one on the left side, to put the Canadians in front 9-2 at half time.

Canada came into the third quarter with the same energy, scoring three unanswered goals. Emma Wright firing one from outside to put the score at 10-2. Christmas converted a penalty shot for her second of the night and BC native Monika Eggens netted one to put the score at 12-2. Canadian goalkeeper Ymane Hage made her second appearance of the tournament with a little over 3 minutes to go in the third quarter.

The Canadians didn’t slow down in the final quarter, Joelle Bekhazi scored a power play goal in the opening minute. She added one more to the score sheet just over a minute later on the fast-break. Canada was up 14-3 when Emma Wright fired one for outside after a nice setup by McKee. Axelle Crevier scored her first goal of the tournament to help the Canadians earn a 16-3 win over the New Zealanders.

« We were ready for this game, we didn’t want to underestimate our opponent so we played our best offensively and defensively. Overall, this is a good preparation for the upcoming match. We are excited to play Hungary in the quarterfinal, the atmosphere with the crowd should be great. It won’t be easy, but we are prepare for this challenge. » mentioned Jessica Gaudreault of the women’s national team.

With this win, Canada moves on to the quarterfinals where they will face the 1st place of Group C, Hungary. This game is set to played Monday July 24 , at 8:30 pm local/ 2:30 pm ET . The Canadian Men will play France, Sunday July 23 , at 10:30 am local/4:30 am ET.


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