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2018 FINA Inter-Continental Cup - Day 5 Recap

The Canadians finish the round-robin with a win against Argentina

Auckland, New Zealand, April 7, 2018 – The Canadian Men had their best showing in the tournament this morning as they faced Argentina in their last round-robin game at the 2018 FINA Inter-Continental Cup. Canada looked sharp on defense, limiting the Argentinians to only a few chances. At the other side of the pool, Gaelan Patterson and Nicolas Constantin-Bicari had two and three goals respectively to help Canada record its second win at this tournament (10-3).

The Canadians had a great start in the first quarter, a few blocks and a save from Canada’s goalkeeper Milan Radenovic, kept the score at 0-0 early in the game. The Canadian men then took advantage of the power play opportunities, scoring three goals with the man advantage to put the mark at 4-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Canada extended its lead in the second quarter, an excellent drive from Sean Spooner resulted in a goal for the Canucks. Scott Robinson tallied one from outside to give his team a 6-1 lead at halftime. The two teams exchanged goals in the third quarter. The Argentinians converted a penalty shot halfway through the period just to see Constantin-Bicari finish a nice play initiated by Devon Thumwood and Aleksa Gardijan. Canada was up by five goals heading into the final quarter (7-2).

A double by Patterson added to Canada’s lead in the fourth quarter. Argentina scored its third goal halfway through the final quarter, but Thumwood answered back with a sweet lob goal for the Canadians. A great collective effort defensively in the last minutes of the match helped the Canadians confirm their 10-3 win.

"The game was a good step for us, we played a controlled match, and we didn't get too much ahead of ourselves like we maybe did in previous matches. We kept pushing goal by goal, and we shut them down on defense. I think everyone played well. Tomorrow, we expect another big fight no matter the team we play, with not qualifying for the Super Final we want to finish the tournament at our best. We want it as much as the next team." commented Gaelan Patterson of the Men's national team.

The Canadian men will now battle for fifth place at the 2018 FINA Inter-Continental. They will face the winner of the China and New Zealand matchup, tomorrow at 2:00 pm local/ 10:00 pm ET (April 7).

Canada to play for bronze at the FINA Inter-Continental Cup

Auckland, New Zealand, April 7, 2018 – The Canadian women will play for a bronze medal after a tough loss against the United States at the 2018 FINA Inter-Continental Cup. The Canadians had great moments in the game, but they struggled coming back after the US took an early lead. In the end, the United States was able to record a 16-11 win for a place in the final.

The United States came out running in the first quarter, scoring three unanswered goals at the beginning of the first period. The Canadian women had to regroup quickly, Monika Eggens opened the scoring for Canada, and Kelly McKee converted a penalty shot to put Canada within one (3-2). The USA scored with the player advantage to regain a two-goal lead just to Krystina Alogbo finished a nice setup by Eggens to put the score at 4-3 at the end of the first quarter.

The Americans extended their lead at the beginning of the second quarter, Joelle Bekhazi then scored from outside to help Canada stay in the game at 7-5. Eggens, Fournier, and McKee each netted one for Canada, but the American team answered back with goals of their own to take a 10-7 lead at the half.

In the most defensive quarter of the game, Bekhazi tallied one for Canada in the third. USA added three goals to extend their lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Canadians came in the fourth quarter with the hopes of turning the game around, but their three-goal stretch halfway through the quarter wasn’t enough on this particular night. The United States went on to win the game 16-11 to earn a spot in the gold medal.

In a game of ups and downs, the Canadians never gave up forcing the American squad to be at its best. Monika Eggens and Kelly McKee each completed a hat trick in the loss. Joelle Bekhazi and Krystina Alogbo had doubles, and Shae Fournier tallied one as well.

“We had a slow start defensively and were caught off guard at the beginning of the game. We had to play comeback water polo against a strong team. Our press on defense was better and we were able to score eleven goals against the United States which are some of the positive takeaways from this game. We’ll need to work on our communication as well. Tomorrow, we play China, the same team we played in our first match so it will be interesting to see how the team progressed over the week. I believe if we communicate well on defense and play the same offensively, it should be a good game.” said David Paradelo, Head Coach of the women’s national team.

Despite the result, the Canadian women’s team is officially qualified for the World League Super Final in May since the Canadians ensured a top 4 finish. Canada will play China in the bronze medal game tomorrow at 4:50 pm local/ 12:50 am ET. For schedule and results, please visit: https://www.finaauckland2018.com/



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