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08.17.2018
Canada edges China 10-9 in shootout at FINA Youth World Championship

(Szombathely, Hungary, August 17, 2018) – The Canadian men edged China 10-9 on penalties at the FINA Youth World Championship in Szombathely, Hungary. Stephen Gloade scored the game-winner on the last Canadian shot to confirm the win over the Chinese squad.

The Canadians had trouble finding their rhythm in this match, especially in the first quarter when China was able to take a 1-0 lead. Canada came back stronger in the second quarter. Stephen Gloade scored the equalizer in the early minutes. Diego Gonzalez gave Canada the lead moments later. The Chinese squad tied on the extra-man advantage to put the score at 2-2. Canada’s answer came on the next possession when Gloade tallied one from centre to help the red and white regain the lead.

Sandro Miletic extended the Canadian lead to 4-2 early in the third quarter. Two quick goals from the Chinese allowed them to come back into the game (4-4). Gonzalez scored his second goal of the day on the Canadian power play. China was able to answer back with a goal of its own before the end of the period.

With the game tied 5-5 heading into the final quarter, the Canadians were looking to push on offense to come out on top. Mason Archer found the back of the net at 7:10 to put Canada in command at 6-5. A minute later, the Chinese were able to even the score once again (6-6). Both teams exchanged opportunities during the fourth quarter, but the Canucks had the best chance to take the lead on a penalty shot awarded with 1:43 left on the clock. An unlucky post by Bor Tanasijevic prevented the Canadians from taking the ultimate edge over their opponents. Neither of the teams was able to score in the remaining minutes and this battle would have to be decided on penalties.

China took an early 2-0 advantage in the shootout, but Nicholas Serediuc scored to keep his team in the game. Tanasijevic would get a chance at redemption in this match and he didn’t miss this opportunity to put the score at 8-9. China’s fourth shot missed the net putting the pressure on the Canadians again. Mason Archer was up for the challenge and netted his second of the game to put the score at 9-9 with one shooter per team left. Canada’s Minos Kotzambasis saved the best for last stopping the final Chinese attempt. Stephen Gloade was the one designated to take the final shot for Canada. The left-handed player beat the Chinese goalkeeper with a powerful shot to help Canada get the 10-9 win!

“It was a challenge today to play against a quick and motivated Chinese team. We met them in pre-tournament competition and had challenges defending against their driving system. Today the team was able to rally after a tough loss the day before and put together a great defensive game while fighting through our own offensive challenges.” said Bogdan Dubrovskiy, assistant coach with the Canadian men’s national team. “In the end, we were able to keep our composure and win in the penalty shootout due to great goalkeeping and a steady hand from our penalty takers. We are looking forward to getting better tomorrow while playing our final game of the tournament”.

Canada will face Saudi Arabia for the 17th place tomorrow (August 18) at 12:10 am (local) / 6:10 am (EDT). Uzbekistan had to forfeit the game for playing an unauthorized player in its matchup against Saudi Arabia. Live stream is available on FINA TV .

(Photo credit: wpnews.eu)

Summary

CAN 10 – 9 CHN (0-1, 3-1, 2-3, 1-1)

CAN 6 – 6 CHN (Regulation time)

Goals: Gloade (2), Gonzalez (2), Miletic, Archer

Penalties 4:3 (Serediuc, Tanasijevic, Archer, Gloade).

 
 
 
 

 


 
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