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Strong showing for the Canadian women’s team against New Zealand

Tough loss for the Canadian Men at the 2018 FINA Inter-Continental Cup

The Men’s national team lost a fierce battle against the Australian team in their second match at the FINA Inter-Continental Cup. In a game where Canada never truly found its rhythm, Australia on the other side capitalized on every opportunity to record a 15-8 win.

The Australians started the match well scoring on the power play in the first minute of the game. Sean Spooner converted a penalty shot for Canada to put the score at 1-1. Australia added two quick goals, but Nicolas Constantin-Bicari answered back to keep Canada within one (2-3). Australia scored one with 37 seconds left in the quarter to take a 4-2 lead.

The Canadians managed to stay in the game at the beginning of the second quarter. Aria Soleimani scored on a penalty shot to make it 5-3. The Australian squad then went on to score five unanswered goals to take a 10-3 lead early in the third quarter. Canada regrouped, and Scott Robinson netted two goals to put the score at 10-5. The Canadian squad had difficulty passing the Aussies’ defense to create scoring chances. The Australian team capitalized on their power play opportunities to take a 14-5 lead at the end of the third quarter.

The Canadian men had a strong start in the final quarter, David Lapins and Constantin-Bicari each scored one (14-7). Once again, the Aussies didn’t waste their chance on the power play scoring with 3:32 left in the game. Despite their constant effort, the Canadians were unable to pass the Australian defense in an attempt to come back in the game. Aleksa Gardijan scored his first goal at the senior level for the Canadian men's team in the last minutes of the game, but Australia's lead was too big to overcome, and they earned a 15-8 win.

“I think today Australia was a better team than us, they looked strong, and we had difficulty adjusting. We played a little like yesterday, but we were under pressure, and we didn't handle it well. In the third quarter, we turned the game around a little, but it wasn’t enough for us.” commented Pino Porzio, Head coach of the men’s national team.

Canada will face New Zealand 2 tomorrow morning at 11:20 am local/ 7:20 pm ET (April 4).

Strong showing for the Canadian women’s team against New Zealand

Canada put on a great performance against New Zealand on the second day of the 2018 FINA Inter-Continental Cup. The Canadian women followed their game plan, and they were able to earn a 15-5 victory and a second win for Canada.

The Canadians had a solid start, scoring four unanswered goals early in the first quarter. Monika Eggens netted two goals, Shae Fournier and Alexa Tielmann each scored one to put the game (4-0). New Zealand answered back on the power play, but Michelle Caron tallied one to give a 4-goal lead (5-1) to Canada.

The Canadian women kept their pace in the second quarter, adding three goals to their lead (8-2). Canada added two more goals in the third quarter, Eggens scored her fifth of the night and Fournier completed the hat trick to take an 11-5 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Canadian team continued to put pressure on the New Zealand defense and capitalized on a few counter-attacks to extend its lead to 15-5. Goalkeeper Serena Bredin made her debut in the tournament when she came in for Clara Vulpisi halfway through the final quarter. She looked comfortable in nets and Canada went on to win the game 15-5.

“I think we had a good game, we followed the game plan and we managed to get the win. I'm looking forward to the match against Japan tomorrow. They play a different game so we’ll need to adjust and be prepared. I believe it will be a good game “said Monika Eggens of the women’s national team.

The Canadian women’s team will face Japan tomorrow at 5:50 pm local /1:50 am ET.



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