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04.01.2019
Canadian men win bronze medal at the FINA Inter-Continental Cup

The Men’s National Team has officially qualified for 2019 FINA World League Super Final by finishing in third place at 2019 FINA Inter-Continental Tournament which ended yesterday in Perth, Australia. Australia, Japan, Canada, and Kazakhstan are the four teams qualified for the FINA World League Super Final in Serbia.

In the bronze medal match, a tremendous first half helped the Canadian men’s team control the game early against Kazakhstan. The Canadian men played a very disciplined match showing patience at both ends of the pool to record the 9-4 victory. Nicolas Constantin-Bicari opened the scoring for Canada with two goals in less than a minute (1-2), just to see Jérémie Côté net one for the Canadians in the last minute of the first quarter.

The Canadian men distanced themselves in the second quarter; Constantin-Bicari scored his third of the day while Bogdan Djerkovic fired one from a short distance to put Canada in front 5-1. The Canadians continued to push on offence, Reuel D’Souza tallied one from outside on the power play to give his team a 6-1 lead. Three quick goals from the Kazakhstanis stopped a five-goal sequence by the Canadians. However, David Lapins found the back of the net with 2.6 seconds to go in the third quarter to help his team regain a three-goal advantage (7-4).

The Canadian men played smart in the final quarter to limit the chances for Kazakhstan. Canada’s goalkeeper, Dusan Aleksic, made some key saves to protect the lead while Constantin-Bicari and D’Souza took care of the attack to confirm the 9-4 win and secure the bronze medal for the Canadians. Aleksic’s brilliant performance in nets earned him the “Player of the Match” mention.

“Going into this bronze medal game, we made sure to stay focused on playing with control one play at the time. We brought our intensity from the start of the game and carried it through all the way to the end. We’re happy with these results as it’s a great step for us leading up to the Pan American Games this summer” said David Lapins of the Men’s National Team.

This bronze-medal victory concluded an excellent tournament for the Canadian men as they continue their preparation for the 2019 Pan American Games. Canada’s captain, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari was named Most Valuable Player of the Tournament and made the Tournament All-Star Team with 18 goals in the competition.

KAZAKHSTAN 4 – 9 CANADA (1-3, 0-2, 3-2, 0-2)

Dusan Aleksic (GK), Gaelan Patterson, Sean Spooner, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari (4), Jérémie Côté (1), Jérémie Blanchard, Bogdan Djerkovic (1), David Lapins (1), Aleksa Gardijan, Mark Spooner, Devon Thumwood, Reuel D’Souza (2), Milan Radenovic, Mark Spooner.

Final Standings - Men

  1. Australia
  2. Japan
  3. Canada
  4. Kazakhstan
  5. Argentina
  6. China
  7. New Zealand
  8. South Africa

 

Canadian women’s team falls to China in a hard-fought battle for the bronze medal.

The bronze medal match between Canada and China pitted two teams that were looking to end their tournament on a high note. In this extremely close contest, the difference-maker was the Chinese’s special teams, as they went 5 in 9 on the power play while the Canadians could only convert two out of nine occasions.

Axelle Crevier opened the scoring for the Canadians early in the first quarter. China answered back with a goal on the next possession to even the score 1-1. The Chinese capitalized on their extra-man advantage halfway through the quarter, but Hayley McKelvey found the equalizer to tie things up at 2-2 before the end of the first period.

The Canadians regained the lead early in the second quarter when Shae Fournier converted a penalty to put the score to 3-2. China netted two quick goals to switch the advantage one more time in this match. Canadian Krystina Alogbo beat the goalkeeper with a beautiful backhand shot to even the score 4-4. China put pressure on Canada and netted two goals in the last minute to show a 6-4 lead at halftime.

Both teams exchanged opportunities in the opening minutes of the third quarter; Joelle Bekhazi found the back of the net to bring Canada within one (6-5), but China answered back with two goals of its own to regain a three-goal lead (8-5) heading into the final period. The Canadian squad was looking to create something on offence to come back in this bronze medal match. The Chinese made the task even more difficult when they scored at the beginning of the fourth quarter. However, Canada didn’t just give up then, Elyse Lemay-Lavoie and Kindred Paul both scored singles to bring their team within two with plenty of time on the clock (4:53). The Chinese regrouped quickly to press the Canadians on defence and stopped any chance of a comeback. The field of play opened up as the Canadians were trying to create something and China didn’t miss its opportunity to extend the lead (10-7). Captain Alogbo answered back for the Canadians with 43 seconds the game clock. Trailing by two with less than a minute to go, the Canadian team pressed high, and the Chinese took advantage of the space and scored with 23 seconds left. Canada’s coach, Haris Pavlides, went all in on the last Canadian possession and sent goalkeeper, Jessica Gaudreault, as the extra attacker, but the Chinese stayed calm to secure the bronze medal with a 11-8 win.

“The game was a constant battle, and we fought until the very end to even the score. Unfortunately, we missed some key opportunities on offence, and we lost our concentration a little bit on defence. It is always hard to finish a tournament with a loss, but we know our mistakes and what we have to work on in the future,” said Women’s National Team player, Axelle Crevier.

The Women’s National Team also confirmed its qualification by finishing fourth at the 2019 FINA Inter-Continental Cup in Perth, Australia. In the women’s division, USA, Australia, China, and Canada all clinched their spot for the 2019 World League Super Final in Hungary. Elyse Lemay-Lavoie concluded her incredible week in Perth with a nomination on the Tournament All-Star Team.

CHINA 11 – 8 CANADA (2-2, 4-2, 2-1, 3-3)

Jessica Gaudreault, Krystina Alogbo (2), Axelle Crevier (1), Gurpreet Sohi, Monika Eggens, Kelly McKee, Joelle Bekhazi (1), Elyse Lemay-Lavoie (1), Hayley McKelvey (1), Amanda Amorosa, Kindred Paul (1), Shae Fournier (1), Claire Wright, Blaire McDowell.

Final Standings - Women

1. USA
2. Australia
3. China
4. Canada
5. Japan
6. Kazakhstan
7. New Zealand
8. South Africa 
 
 
 
 

 


 
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