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Taipei 2017: Canada tops Korea at the 2017 FISU Games

Canada's FISU men's water polo team advanced to the game for 9th place with a convincing 9-4 win over Korea on Sunday at the Hsinchu Natatorium.

The Canadians started slowly and found themselves in a scoreless draw after one quarter.

Canada then exploded for three goals in the first half of the second quarter to take a 3-0 lead.
Head Coach Brian Parillo's move to rest all but one starter backfired as Korea scored twice within a minute and a half to close the gap to one.

With the starters back in, Sean Spooner scored twice in a row turning to the net from the left post to restore the three goal margin at the half.

Canada's defence shut the door in the third quarter while the offence netted a pair including a last second marker by Spooner.

The teams traded pairs of goals in the final frame, Korea scoring twice in the first half of the quarter and Canada responding in kind in the final three minutes.

Spooner and Reuel D'Souza led the way with hat tricks. Devon Thumwood with a pair and Colin Colterjohn had the other goals.

"I wanted to rest the starters at that point in the second quarter,” stated Parillo in reflecting on the two quick goals his team conceded. "Though we gave up a couple, our starters were much fresher for the rest of the game and they dominated when they were in. Also, both our goalies (Aleksa Stanic, Andrei Velasevic) had strong games."

"I am starting to get my game rhythm and game speed back," said Spooner who has been off for more than a year with injuries. "I feel stronger in my legs each time out which certainly helped today when I had opportunities in heavy traffic in front of the net. I am really glad that we got the win so we can finish in the top ten."

Canada will face the United States (8-4 winners over Australia) on Tuesday at 1:30 to determine 9th and 10th.

 Picture : Mathieu Bélanger, U Sports International 


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