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Volos 2017: Canadian women fall to the Dutch in the quarterfinal

(Volos, Greece, September 7 2017) – Canada had to face a worthy opponent in order to make it to the final four at the FINA World Women’s Junior Championships in Volos, Greece. Despite facing a solid Canadian defense the Netherlands capitalized on their opportunities to record a 10-2 win. Canada will now play for the 5-8 bracket.

Both teams were efficient defensively in the first quarter limiting the chances of the opposing team. The Netherlands opened the score halfway through the quarter. Canada answered back on the power play moments later when Joelle Nacouzi hit the target on a nice pass from Kyra Christmas. The teams were tied at 1-1 after the first quarter.

The Dutch took the lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter (2-1). The Canadian women were able to contain the Netherlands’ attacks for most of the quarter. Canadian goalkeeper, Clara Vulpisi stopped a penalty to keep Canada within one goal. However, Brigitte Sleeking netted one with only 21 seconds left in the half to put her team in front 3-1.

The Netherlands added two more goals in the third quarter despite a strong defensive effort by Canada. The Canadians were unable to convert their opportunities trailing by four goals heading into the final quarter.

Canada took some risks in the fourth quarter trying to create something offensively but the Dutch prevented any possible comeback when they scored two quick goals early on. Blaire McDowell tallied one on the Canadian power play putting her total at four in the tournament. An extra–man opportunity and a converted penalty in the last minute helped the Netherlands close out the 10-2 win and move on to the final four.

“It’s always disappointing to come out with a loss but we truly believe that we came together and stepped up our game defensively. No matter what, I am very proud of this team. Going forward, it’s important that we learn and continue to improve on today’s performance” said Peggy Jean Allin.

“I think we did a good job today, we played really well in defence, we could keep the Netherlands on five goals for three periods, which is great as I think currently they are the best team in the world. In the fourth we had to take some risks as our offence didn’t work as well as we wanted and that didn’t work out the way we hoped, still, I think in most cases we made the right decisions, so I’m really proud of my team.” commented Head Coach, Andrew Robinson.

Canada will now play for the 5th to 8th place bracket, they will face the United States tomorrow September 8 at 12:40 pm local time / 5:40 am ET. 


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