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Budapest 2017 – Canada comes up short against Spain in the semi-final

(Budapest, Hungary, July 26 2017) – Canada just came up short in the semi-final to see Spain earn a 12-10 win at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Despite an impressive battle in the 4th, Canada fell to the Spaniards and will play in the bronze medal match.

In the first quarter, Canada saw its opponents take an early lead. Around a minute later, Monika Eggens scored one for Canada to tie the game at 1-1. The Spaniards would score two more goals in the next minutes to take a 3-1 lead. Kelly McKee answered back on the Canadian power play to put Canada within one. Spain scored one on a penalty shot to regain a two goal lead heading into second.

Spain had a strong start in the second quarter, adding one more goal to their lead. Canada’s Kyra Christmas added on the power play to keep her team within two goals. The Spaniard squad would do the same, capitalizing on their extra-man advantage to put the score 3-6. With less than a minute to play in the half, Canada’s Shae Fournier fired one to the back of the net after a brilliant pass by Christine Robinson. Spain then took advantage of its next opportunity to put the score at 4-7 at half time.

In the opening minutes of the third quarter, both teams exchanged goals. Spain took an early 4 goal lead, just to see Emma Wright bring it back to 5-8. Spain would however respond with a goal on their own (5-9). After a couple of unlucky bounces, Canada’s Fournier netted her second of the night to put the score at 6-9. The Canadian defense and goalkeeper managed to contain the Spaniards attacks until the end of the quarter.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Fournier scored her third of the night to give the Canadians fans hope with a quarter to play. Spain would answer back right away to regain the three goal advantage. With a little under five minutes to go, Christmas netted her second to put the score at 8-10. A goal less than a minute later by Eggens, would put Canada within one goal with plenty of time on the clock. The Spaniards would find their way to the net and score two more goals to put them in front 12-9. Despite fighting their way to the net, the Canadians were unable to break Spain’s defense. Christmas scored her third of the game with 3 seconds to play, but it was too late for the red and white. Spain just earned a 12-10 victory and will advance to the gold medal game.

Canada will now play for the bronze medal against Russia, the match is scheduled Friday July 28, at 3:00 pm (local) / 9:00 am ET. Live stream will be available via www.cbcsports.ca



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