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Volos 2017: The Canadian women off to good start at the FINA Junior World Championships

(Volos, Greece - September 3 2017) – The Canadian women's team started the FINA Junior World Championships with a 12-7 win against Slovakia in Volos, Greece. Kyra Christmas led the Canadian team with a 5-goal performance.

Maria Mimides opened the scoring for Canada on a Slovak exclusion. Slovakia answered right away to put the score at 1-1. Kyra Christmas and Peggy Jean Allin found the back of the net giving the red and white a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Canada outscored Slovakia 5-2 in the second quarter to take a comfortable lead at halftime. Christmas scored twice before Myriam Lizotte netted her first international goal with 3: 58 to go. Axelle Crevier converted a penalty to give a 7-3 lead to her team. Christmas would score one more goal before the end of the half.

Slovakia came back a little stronger in the second half matching Canada's effort. Joelle Nacouzi tallied one halfway through the quarter. With 23 seconds left in the third, Christmas capitalized on the extra-man advantage helping her team take a 10-4 lead heading into the final quarter.

Lizotte netted her second of the day in the opening minutes of the final quarter just to see the Slovaks score three unanswered goals. Despite a solid fourth quarter by Slovakia, Emma Fraser confirmed the Canadian victory with 1:50 left in the game.

"I really enjoyed the atmosphere today. I'm honoured to represent my country at my first World Championships. Our intensity was good today, but we'll need to step up our defense in the next game. I'm excited for tomorrow, if we play well together, I'm confident we'll be able to succeed against Italy" said Myriam Lizotte.

" The game went pretty well, we are happy with the result. We are pleased with how our team played today. Many of our players are playing in their first World Championship, and a couple played in their first official international game. I am particularly pleased with how these young players did in this environment. We still have some things which we have to improve in the coming games, and will now focus on these areas and the game against Italy tomorrow." commented Head Coach, Andrew Robinson.

Canada will take on Italy tomorrow (September 4) at 11:40 am local/ 4:40 am ET. Live stream is available: https://telesport.gr(Live 1).



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