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Budapest 2017 – Day 9: Canada puts on a solid performance to earn a ticket for the semi-final

(Budapest, Hungary, July 24 2017) – Canada had strong quarterfinal showing to upset host nation Hungary, with a 6-4 victory at the 2017 FINA World Championships, in Budapest, Hungary. Working with a hostile home crowd, Canada played its game defensively as Monika Eggens lead the way for Canada scoring 5 of the 6 goals for the Maple Leaf.

In the opening minutes of the first quarter, Monika Eggens started the night with a power play goal to give Canada an early lead (1-0). Both teams were putting pressure defensively, forcing the attackers to take outside shots that hit the block or went wide. Canada’s defense contained the Hungarian’s attacks as the Canadians managed to keep their one-goal lead heading into the second quarter.

Hungary scored the equalizer in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Eggens answered back with her second of the night at the six-minute marks to regain the lead. Hungary’s Dora Czigany netted one to tie the score at 2. Eggens then scored her third after a nice setup by McKee on the power play. Fans had to wait for the final minute of the half to see Hungary score the tying goal. Canada released the ball quickly on the next possession, just to see Eggens finish a beautiful play by Christmas to give Canada a 4-3 lead. The Hungarian squad managed to score the equalizer just before the end of the half to put the score at 4-4.

Canada had two chances at the beginning of the third, the first was stopped by the keeper and the second hit the post. Canadian Head Coach, Haris Pavlidis then called a time out for his team after a Hungarian exclusion. Eggens took advantage of the situation as she scored her fifth goal of the night to give her team a 5-4 lead. Canada’s defense would do the work, putting pressure on the opponents to keep their lead.

In the final quarter, Canada continued to play its system defensively. Canadian goalkeeper Jessica Gaudreault made some important saves and the Canadian block made sure the Hungarians shots would not go through. With a little over two minutes to go in the fourth, Emma Wright netted one on the power play to give Canada a two goal lead (6-4). The Canadian squad continue to work hard defensively and stopped the Hungarians in the last minutes. In the end, Canada’s brilliant performance would help them earn a well-deserved spot in the semi-finals.

“It was an incredible opportunity to play in front of such a big crowd. We focused on our defense, every player knew what they had to do. We put pressure on the attackers and it was a key element of today’s win” said Axelle Crevier of the women’s national team.

Canada will now face Spain in the semi-final, Wednesday July 26 2017 at 10:00 pm local/ 4:00 pm ET. The Canadian men will play their last game of the tournament July 25 at 9:30 am local/ 3:30 am ET.



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