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Taipei 2017: A strong team performance helps Canada record a second victory

After a tough loss against Russia, the Canadian women’s team bounced back to earn an 8-5 victory over a strong Hungarian team. Axelle Crevier opened the score on the Canadian power play at 6:24 in the first quarter. Emma Wright converted a penalty shot and Kelly Matthews scored from long distance to give the Canadian squad a 3-0 lead.

Hungary scored the equalizer with the extra-man early in the third quarter (4-4). Gurpreet Sohi capitalized on her opportunity in front of the net and Shae Fournier netted her first of two goals from long distance to regain the lead (6-4) heading into the fourth.

The Canadians were great defensively in the final quarter allowing offense to create opportunities. Crevier scored her third of the game just to see Fournier find the back of the net with an outside shot to confirm the Canadian victory.

“I think the team really stepped up today. After a tough loss last game we were able to come out strong versus Hungary.” commented the team’s captain Emma Wright. “We kept our composure throughout the game even when they came back in the second quarter. This win was one step closer to reaching our end goal.”

“The team showed a lot of professionalism in the past few days. After dealing with adversity, we showed elements of brilliance in today’s game” stated Head Coach, David Paradelo “Our defence worked as a unit and we were patient on offence; this was key for this game. We are progressing to where we want to be but we still need to refine some areas of our game”

With this victory, Canada is now 2-1 and will play Japan August 24 at 11:40 am local / 11:40 pm ET (August 23).

Photo Credit: Mathieu Bélanger, U Sports International 


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