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05.31.2018
Canada outlasts China in a defensive affair

Kunshan, China, May 31, 2018 – Canada reached the final four after a 5-2 win against China at the FINA World League Super Final in Kunshan, China. Both teams played well defensively in the first half, but the Canadians were able to pull away in the second half to record a 5-2 win and clinch a spot in the semi-finals.

Shae Fournier fired one from outside to open the score for Canada in the first quarter. The Chinese had difficulty passing the Canadian’s defence early in the game, and their first goal came in the last minute of the quarter (1-1). China took a 2-1 lead early in the second quarter, but Axelle Crevier answered back with a goal to put the score at 2-2 at halftime.

Hayley McKelvey found the back of the net at the beginning of the third quarter to give Canada the lead (3-2). Emma Wright tallied one on the power play to double the lead for Canada (4-2). With a two-goal margin, the Canadian women turned to their defence to shut down China’s attempts at a comeback. A few blocks and a great performance by goalkeeper Clara Vulpisi, helped Canada maintain their lead heading into the final quarter. It was pretty much the same story in the fourth, the Canadian defence went to work and stopped the Chinese’s attempts. Wright converted a penalty shot to give Canada a three-goal lead with a little more than two minutes to play. The Canadians held on in the last moments of the game to confirm the 5-2 win.

“It was essential for us to come out strong in this crossover game and we did that. We had a great defensive game. Our goalie and blockers really stepped up which allowed us to keep China to only two goals. Although we didn’t score many goals on offence, we had a lot of good opportunities. We will use this positive momentum in the semi-final tomorrow against the Netherlands.” said Emma Wright after the game.

“It was a nervous game for both teams. This was an important game for us as we now have a chance at a medal for the second year in a row. We played great team defence in our zone, but we need to do better on offence. Tomorrow, it will be a different match against the Dutch, and we must continue to play our game” mentioned Haris Pavlidis, Women’s National Team Head Coach.

The Canadian women move on to the semi-final where they will face the Netherlands tomorrow, June 1st at 7:30 pm local time/ 7:30 am EDT. All the games are live streamed on FINA TV.

Goals:

Emma Wright (2)

Shae Fournier (1)

Axelle Crevier (1)

Hayley McKelvey (1)

Starting Goalkeeper: Clara Vulpisi

June 1st – Schedule (subject to change)

15:00 Spain vs Australia

16:30 China vs Japan

18:00 Russia vs United States (SF1)

19:30 Canada vs Netherlands (SF2)

(Photo Credit : Russell McKinnon)
 
 
 
 

 


 
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