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Volos 2017: Italy edges Canada in 7th place game

(Volos, Greece, September 9 2017) – The women’s national team had to face another worthy opponent in their final match at the FINA Junior World Championships, in Volos, Greece. In another close game, the Italians took the 6-2 lead in the third quarter making it difficult for the Canadians to come back in the fourth. Canada came as close as 4-6 in the final quarter, but in the end Italy held off to record a 7-4 win.

Canada opened the score when Myriam Lizotte netted one on the Canadian power play at 6:24. Italy answered on the power play as well before adding one goal to take the lead before the end of the quarter.

The Italians would score one more goal halfway through the second quarter taking a 3-1 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Kyra Christmas tallied one on an Italian exclusion to put Canada within one (2-3). However the Italians scored three goals in the third including a converted penalty to gain a 4-goal lead.

Canada battled hard in the fourth quarter, trying to comeback in the game. Joelle Nacouzi found the back of the net on the power play with 3:07 to go just to see Christmas score her second of the game 30 seconds later. The Canadian squad was now trailing by two with a little over two minutes to play. The Italians played well defensively and added one more goal to confirm the 7-4 win. Canada had to settle for the 8th place at the 2017 FINA Junior World Championships.

Final rankings

  1. Russia
  2. Greece
  3. Netherlands
  4. Spain
  5. United States
  6. Hungary
  7. Italy
  8. Canada
  9. China
  10. Australia
  11. New Zealand
  12. Serbia
  13. Japan
  14. Slovakia
  15. South Africa
  16. Croatia

Individual awards

Best player: Eleni Xenaki (GRE)

Top scorer: Eleni Xenaki (GRE)

Best goalkeeper: Evgeniia Golovina (RUS)



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