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Volos 2017: Canada comes up short against the United States

(Volos, Greece – September 8 2017) – In a very close match, the Canadian women were neck and neck with their opponents for most of the game. The United States took a 3 goal lead late in the third quarter, but Canada capitalized on their power play opportunities to come within one heading into the final quarter. In the end, the Americans managed to protect their lead and record an 11-9 win. Canada will now play for 7th place.

The United States took the lead early in the first quarter, Brianna Utas tied the score on the Canadian power play. The Americans regained the lead halfway through the first period, but Nina Ceklic evened the score with only 27 seconds to go.

The US scored twice in the second quarter, taking a 2 goal lead. The Canadians answered back with two quick goals in less than minute. Joelle Nacouzi tallied one just to see Kyra Christmas net her first of the game. Canada defended well for the remaining seconds to keep the score at 4-4 at halftime.

Both teams stepped up their offensive game in the third quarter converting on extra-man occasions. The Americans were the first to score, but Canada’s Axelle Crevier answered back 30 seconds later. USA’s captain Denise Mammolito netted her second of the game to give her team the lead. Blaire McDowell then found back of the net to put the score at 6-6. The red, white and blue scored three unanswered goals, but the Canadian squad rallied back in the last minute. Maria Mimides and Joelle Nacouzi found the back of the net to help Canada come within one (8-9).

The US added two goals in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 11-8, making it difficult for the Canadian squad to come back. Christmas converted a penalty with 00:29 to play in the game. Despite the loss, the Canadians were 6/10 with the extra-man, an element the team wanted to improve heading into their matchup against the USA.

“Today’s game was an amazing game, with high intensity and against a strong opponent. I believe we made a great appearance, because unlike yesterday not only did we make it difficult for our opponents to score, but we were also able to stay alive and in the game. Even though our loss will affect our final ranking at the Championship, I feel very proud of my team and I’m grateful to be part of it. Let’s keep playing with passion and for each other. Go Canada Go!” commented Maria Mimides after the game.

Canada will take on Italy, September 9 at 11:00 am local time / 4:00 am ET. Currently no live streaming is schedule. For the results and scoresheets, please visit http://volos2017.com/



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