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Canada picks up first win at FINA Youth World Championships

(Szombathely, Hungary, August 13, 2018) – The Canadian Men earned their first win at the 2018 FINA Youth World after a convincing performance against Saudi Arabia. An eight-goal run in the second quarter helped the Canadians get a 22-6 win to put their record at 1-1 for the tournament.

The Canadians surely wanted to bounce back from their loss to Spain in the opening match. Canada was off to great start when Diego Gonzalez converted a penalty shot in the opening minute of the first quarter. Garett Davis and William Chapman added one goal apiece to give their team a 3-1 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Canadian men had their best moments in the second quarter, pulling away from their opponents with a 9-1 sequence. Doubles from Callin Chimilar, Sandro Miletic, and Mason Archer helped Canada extend its lead to 12-2.

The Canadians kept their pace in the second half, Nikola Cugalj added one more goal for the red and white in the opening minute of the third quarter. The Canadian team then settle a little bit on offense. Chapman tallied his second and third goal of the match with two minutes to go in the quarter.

Despite a comfortable lead, the Canadian Men didn’t stop pushing the Saudi Arabian defense in the fourth quarter. Stephen Gloade completed his hat trick halfway through the final quarter to break the twenty-goal mark. William Chapman and Bor Tanasijevic completed the score for Canada to confirm the 22-6 win.

“Today was a great learning opportunity for us heading towards our Serbia and Colombia games. We managed to find the back of the net with our outside shots and the team feels good heading into the next two games” said Canada’s Captain, Sandro Miletic.

“Our game against Spain was tough as expected. They are one of the gold medal favourites, and they have mastered the modern foul-less press defence. We had a difficult time creating scoring opportunities against them. Saudi Arabia was a different scenario. We played a conservative, respectful game and we tried to get our guys on the scoreboard. Tomorrow, we play Serbia who beat Spain by one goal earlier today, so we will try to improve on our result against a big European team. Our important game is the last game on Wednesday against Colombia, it will be a very tough game, but we plan on winning it!” commented Andras Szeri, Head Coach of the 18U Men’s National team.

The Canadian Men’s team will play Serbia tomorrow (August 14) at 9:30 am local time / 3:30 am EDT. For schedule and results, please visit the website of the event.

Canada 22 – 6 Saudi Arabia (3-1, 9-1, 5-2, 5-2)

Goals: William Chapman (4), Garrett Davis (3), Stephen Gloade (3), Nikola Cugalj (2), Sandro Miletic (2), Mason Archer (2), Callin Chimilar (2), Bor Tanasijevic (2), Diego Gonzalez, Nemanja Ivezic.

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