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Lima 2019: Canada falls to the US in a hard-fought battle

Photo Credit: Marco Brindicci/Lima 2019


(Lima, Peru – August 5, 2019) – The Canadian men's team fought until the very last minute but fell to their Northern American neighbours on the second day of competition at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Despite trailing by five goals with less than three minutes to go in the third quarter, the Canadian men kept pushing and came within one-goal (11-12) late in the fourth quarter. However, the United States added one more goal to earn the 11-13 win over the Canadians.


The Canadians came out firing in the first quarter: Aleksa Gardijan, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari, and Gaelan Patterson each tallied one to help Canada show a 3-1 lead halfway through the first period. The United States answered back with three goals of their own to take the lead 3-4. Both teams exchanged opportunities on the power play in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Jérémie Côté found the equalizer for Canada at 3: 29, but the United States tallied one before the end of the quarter to keep a one-goal advantage at halftime (4-5).


The Americans capitalized on their power play opportunities in the opening minutes of the second half, jumping to a 5-10 lead at 2:58 of the third quarter. Gardijan and Côté each netted one to bring Canada within three goals with a little over a minute to go in the period. USA answered back on the man-up, but Nicolas Constantin-Bicari scored his second of the day to keep Canada within three goals with one quarter to play.


Côté scored his third of the game early in the fourth quarter to bring Canada within two (9-11) with plenty of time on the clock. Johnathan Hooper netted his fourth on the US power play just to see Matthew Halajian fired one from distance for the Canadians. A converted penalty by Reuel D'Souza put Canada within one with just over a minute to play, but the US capitalized once again with the extra-man and regained a two-goal lead. Despite the Canucks’ efforts late in the fourth quarter, USA held on to record the 11-13 win.

The Canadian men will close out group play against Cuba tomorrow at 3:00 pm local time (4:00 pm ET). Live results and play by play available:

Canada 11-13 USA (3-4, 1-1, 4-6, 3-2)

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



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