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Taipei 2017: Both Canadian Teams are 1-1 after Day 2 action at the 2017 Summer Universiade

Women’s Water Polo : CAN 11-17 RUS

The Canadian women were up first in Taipei as they faced Russia in their second match of the preliminary round. Coming off a strong win against New Zealand, the Canadian squad was hoping for a better result against their Russian rivals. An impressive second quarter would help Russia record a 17-11 victory over Team Canada.

Russia opened the score with long distance shot at 7:07 in the first quarter. Hayley McKelvey answered back with the extra man for Canada. Emma Wright converted a penalty shot to give the Canadian squad the lead, but the Russians would also score on the penalty nearly 20 seconds later. The Russians would extend their lead to 8-5 in the second quarter and 12-6 in the third. Despite a 5-5 fourth quarter, Russia was too far ahead for the Canadian comeback.

Elyse Lemay-Lavoie continued on her impressive performance, scoring three goals in the final quarter. Shae Fournier also recorded a hat-trick while Wright and McKelvey both scored twice. Gurpreet Sohi netted her first tournament in the loss.

The Canadian women’s team is now 1-1 in the preliminary round and will face Hungary (2-0) August 22 at 1 p.m. local time / 1 a.m. EST.

Men’s Water Polo : CAN 8 - 4 RSA

On Day 2 of the men's water polo competition, Team Canada played solidly at both ends of the pool to earn a hard fought, well deserved 8-4 victory over South Africa. The game was a bounce back performance from a big defeat at the hands of Hungary on Day 1.

Canada jumped out to a 3-0 first quarter lead on two Devon Thumwood power play markers and a long distance blast from Reuel D'Souza.

South Africa fought back to 3-2 by the midway point of the second quarter. Canada then scored twice in a minute on a counterattack goal by Sean Spooner and D'Souza power play goal, his second goal of the game. Canada led 5-2 at half time.

Thumwood scored twice in the third quarter around a South Africa tally to put Canada up by four entering the final frame, a lead the team held until the final horn as the teams again traded goals with Spooner notching his second for Canada to close out the scoring.

"This was an important game for us. We were able to win largely due to a strong performance on defence," stated Head Coach Brian Parillo afterwards. "South Africa is a well-coached, physically strong team but we were able to use our mobility to nullify that aspect of their game. We have a long tournament in front of us and are focusing on our next game."

Thumwood's four goals matched a career high achieved once before.

"I was fortunate to be able to put away scoring opportunities that the team generated for me," a tired Thumwood said after playing all but the last minute and a half of the game. "Overall the team stuck to the defensive strategy that the coaching staff asked for and now we have a tough match tomorrow against Serbia."

The Men’s FISU team earned a first win to put its record at 1-1. The Canadian Men will take on Serbia August 21 at 3:40 pm local / 3:40 am ET.

Photo credit: Mathieu Bélanger, U Sports


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