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Lima 2019: Canadian men's team picks up first win at Pan Am Games

(Lima, Peru – August 4, 2019) – A great team performance helped the Canadian men picked up their first win against Puerto Rico in their opening game at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Canada's Captain, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari, led the way in the first half, scoring four goals to help the red and white jump to a 9-1 lead. Canada did not slow in the second half, outscoring the Puerto Ricans 7-2 in the third quarter. Despite a late surge by Puerto Rico in the fourth quarter, the Canucks held on to record the 20-7 win.


Constantin-Bicari totaled five goals tonight with Reuel D'Souza not far behind with four goals in the match. The Canadians struggled a bit on the power play in the first half, but Aleksa Gardijan and Matthew Halijian found the back of the net in the second half. George Torakis, Aria Soleimani, and Jérémie Côté were the other scorers for Canada.


"Tonight was good for a first game, we did some things well, but we missed out on other opportunities, especially on the power play. It will be a tough game against the US tomorrow, and it will be important to follow our game plan from the start" commented Men's National Team Head Coach, Pino Porzio, after the match.


The Canadian Men will face the United States tomorrow at 3:00 pm local time (4:00 pm ET) in their second round-robin match .

Canada 20 – 7 Puerto Rico (4-0, 5-1, 7-2, 4-4)

Milan Radenovic, Gaelan Patterson, Bogdan Djerkovic, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari (5), Matthew Halajian (3), George Torakis (2), Jérémie Côté (1), Mark Spooner, Aleksa Gardijan (3), Aria Soleimani (2), Reuel D’Souza (4).



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