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2018 FINA Inter-Continental Cup - Day 3 Recap

The Canadians bounce back against New Zealand.

Auckland, New Zealand, April 5, 2018 – The Canadian Men were able to bounce back against New Zealand, after two tough games at the 2018 FINA Inter-Continental Cup. Canada looked sharp on offense as eight different players scored for the Canucks helping them record their first win at this tournament (20-9).

The Canadians picked up their momentum in the second quarter. Already ahead 5-2, they added four unanswered goals to extend their lead to 9-2. The Kiwis took advantage of the power play to stay in the game, but Gaelan Patterson netted two quick goals to help Canada regain their lead at 11-3. Both teams scored one before the end of the first half (12-4).

It was pretty much the same story in the third quarter, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari and Devon Thumwood each scored one for Canada. With a 10-goal lead (14-4), Canada didn’t look back for the rest of the game and capitalized on their scoring chances.

Canada’s Captain, Constantin-Bicari led the way once again, scoring seven goals in the game to help Canada earn a 20-9 win. Thumwood also had an excellent performance with four goals. Patterson recorded a hat trick, and Sean Spooner added two goals to his overall total. Jérémie Côté, Aria Soleimani, Scott Robinson and Reuel D’Souza each added a goal to the scoresheet.

“It was important for us to take this game seriously. After our two losses, we had to build on something and perform well offensively. For the remainder of the tournament, our objective changes a little bit since we’ve lost against Kazakhstan, but this is part of the process, and we are looking to finish the tournament well. We will need to prepare since we have another important game against Argentina on Saturday.” commented Nicolas Constantin-Bicari, captain of the men’s national team.

The Canadian men have the day off tomorrow, and they will be back in action against Argentina Saturday, April 7 at 9 am local time/ 5:00 pm ET (April 6).

Canada tops Japan at the 2018 FINA Inter-Continental Cup

 The Canadian women came out on top in a tight battle against Japan at the 2018 FINA Inter-Continental Cup. In a back and forth affair, Canada worked hard to limit the Japanese’s offense and secure the 15-13 win.

The Japanese came out strong in the first quarter, and they were awarded a penalty shot in the first minute of the game. A short-range goal gave Japan a two-goal lead early in the quarter. The Canadians were able to stay calm despite a rough start, Monika Eggens and Krystina Alogbo each tallied one to even the score (2-2). The teams each exchanged a goal before the end of the quarter (3-3).

The second quarter started well for the Canadian squad, Eggens and Crevier added two goals to take the lead 5-3. Japan answered with two goals of their own to equalize the score (5-5). Two goals from Eggens and a beautiful finish from Bekhazi gave Canada a two-goal lead at the half (8-6).

Eggens and Alogbo connected in the third quarter, leading the offense for the Canadian squad. Canada was up by 4 goals at one moment, but the Japanese took advantage of the counterattacks to put the score at 14-11. Canada was under pressure in the final quarter as Japan was trying to come back in the game. In the end, the Canadians’ defense limited Japanese’s opportunities in the last minutes of the game to secure a 15-13 win.

“It was a tough game for us, but in the end, we executed our game plan, and we were able to get the result. Tomorrow, we will continue to work on our tactic and make sure we play well in each phase of the game” said Shae Fournier of the women’s national team after the game.

Canada finished the third day of competition at the top of Group A with three wins. The Canadian women will face New Zealand 2 in the crossover game, tomorrow at 6:00 pm local / 2:00 am ET.

For schedule and results, please visit: https://www.finaauckland2018.com/



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