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Canada comes up short against South Africa at the FINA Youth World Championship

(Szombathely, Hungary, August 16, 2018) – Canada came up short against South Africa on Thursday afternoon at the FINA Youth World Championship in Hungary. After tying the score in the third quarter, the Canadian men couldn’t overcome the late deficit and were defeated 11-10.

The South African squad came out running in the first quarter, scoring four unanswered goals to put Canada in a difficult situation early in the game. The Canadians looked more determined in the second quarter, capitalizing on their extra-man advantage. Bor Tanasijevic, Nemanja Ivezic, and Mason Archer found the back of the net on Canada’s power plays. Stephen Gloade and Diego Gonzalez both scored to give their team a 5-3 goal advantage in the second quarter.

Despite a good performance in the second quarter, the Canadian men were still trailing by two goals entering the third quarter (7-5). The Canucks were looking to create something in the second half. Gloade beat the goalkeeper with a beautiful lob early in the quarter while his Sask teammate, Callin Chimilar tallied one to even the score at 7-7. South Africa’s answer came shortly after, Jonathan Swanepoel scored with 3:16 to go in the quarter. The South African squad added two more goals to extend its lead  to 10-7 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Canadians had to play from behind once again in this game, but with eight minutes on the clock, anything was possible. Gonzalez scored early in the fourth quarter to bring his team within two at 7:15. The Canadian men pushed hard on offense in an attempt to come back in the game, but South Africa’s Ross Stone scored his fourth of the game to help his team regain a three-goal lead. With the clock running down, Gloade completed his hat-trick with a nice skip shot to put the score at 11-9. With less than 90 seconds to play, Chimilar stole the ball from his opponent and made his way to the goal where he spotted Archer in a good position. He passed the ball and Archer was able to beat the goalkeeper from close range. Still behind in this game, the Canadian men had 1:11 to get the equalizer. They came close with two attempts on their last possession, but the South African team held on to confirm the 11-10 win.

The Canadian squad will play China tomorrow at 12:00 pm local / 6:00 am EDT. The Chinese lost 11-0 to New Zealand earlier today. Live stream is available on FINA TV .

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RSA 11 – 10 CAN (4-0, 3-5, 3-2, 1-3)

Goals: Stephen Gloade (3), Mason Archer (2), Diego Gonzalez (2), Bor Tanasijevic, Nemanja Ivezic, Callin Chimilar.

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