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09.01.2018
Canada finishes in 10th place after tough loss against New Zealand

(Belgrade, Serbia, September 1st, 2018) – In another hard-fought battle, the Canadian women's team fell 9-5 to New Zealand and had to settle for tenth place at the 2018 FINA Youth World Championships. After three close quarters, the Canadians could not overcome a four-goal sequence by their opponents in the fourth quarter.

In a defensive affair, the Kiwis were the first to find the back of the net in the opening quarter when Kaitlin Howarth converted a penalty shot at 1: 02. Juliette Belanger answered back on the next Canadian possession to tie the score 1-1 at the end of the first quarter.

The Canadians were looking to create something on offense in the second quarter. Jaiden Miller tallied one early in the quarter to give Canada a 2-1 lead. New Zealand evened the score with less than two minutes to play, but Floranne Carroll helped the Canadians regain the lead with a power-play goal. The Kiwis found the equalizer on a late penalty to put the score at 3-3 at halftime.

In such a close game, both teams were very cautious on defense limiting the scoring chances for the opposing team. New Zealand broke the tie with 5:23 to go in the third quarter. Canada's answer came from Apryl Gonzalez who completed a beautiful passing play to even the score at 4-4. The Kiwis capitalized on the counter-attack to take a 5-4 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Canucks looked determined to come back into the game in the fourth quarter. Ava Morrant beat the goalkeeper from close-range to equalize the score halfway through the final quarter. The Kiwis did not slow down either at the other end of the pool, and Caitlin Parker-Allen netted one to help her team regain the lead. Unlucky posts and great saves by New Zealand's goalie in the final quarter prevented the Canadians to orchestrate the comeback. The Kiwis added two goals in the last minutes of the game to eventually record a 9-5 win.

"Our girls played a tough opponent today, and we were able to stop their attack for most of the game. We had many opportunities that we were unable to finish, but in the end, the girls played very well and controlled the pace of play.'' Commented Canada's Head Coach Daniel Bekhazi after the game.

Despite the final result, he is proud to see how the team grew together over the last month ''This tournament has been great for these young athletes because they came together and were able to compete with 3 of the top 4 teams in the tournament. I hope that they will take away this experience in a positive manner and continue to grow as players.''

After playing numerous close matchups in the tournament, the Canadian women's team finish in tenth place at the 2018 FINA Youth World Championships. The medal round games will be played tomorrow; you can follow the action on FINA TV.

 
 
 
 

 


 
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