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08.07.2019
Lima 2019: Canadian men wrap up pool play with a win and finish second in Group A

Photo credit: Paul Vallejos /Lima 2019 

(Lima, Peru – August 6, 2019) – The Canadian men's team wrapped up pool play with a convincing 20-11 win against Cuba at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games. Canada came out firing, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari and Reuel D'Souza each netted two goals in the opening eight minutes to help Canada show a 6-2 lead after the first period. The Canadian men took advantage of the extra man in the second quarter, going three in three on the power play to bring the score to 11-5 at halftime. Despite a good fourth quarter, Canada's early lead was just too much to overcome for the Cubans, and the Canadian Men confirmed the 20-11 win.

Constantin-Bicari totaled six goals in the game and now has thirteen in the tournament. Matthew Halajian, Canada's second-best scorer, tallied five goals against Cuba. British Columbia's Mark Spooner netted two goals in the match.

 

Gaelan Patterson, Jérémie Côté, Jérémie Blanchard, Aleksa Gardijan and George Torakis were the other scorers for Canada.

 

"It was an important game for us; we had to get the win to finish second in our pool and be in the best possible position for the quarterfinals. I think our intensity was the key today. We knew Cuba was a very physical team, and we wanted to make sure we didn't let them win the one vs one battles. I think we did a good job today. We made a few mistakes on defence, but we will look at the video and make sure we do better next game. Mexico is a very fit team; we will need to match their effort right from the start if we want to succeed," said Nicolas Constantin-Bicari after the match.

 

The Canadian men conclude the preliminary round with two wins and one loss and will face Mexico in the quarterfinals, August 8 at 15:00 local time / 16:00 Eastern. Results and play by play are available at https://www.lima2019.pe/en/results

Cuba 11 – 20 Canada (2-6, 3-5, 2-4, 4-5)

Milan Radenovic, Gaelan Patterson (1), Jérémie Blanchard (1), Nicolas Constantin-Bicari (6), Matthew Halajian (5), George Torakis (1), Jérémie Côté (1), Mark Spooner (2), Aleksa Gardijan (1), Aria Soleimanipak, Reuel D’Souza (2).

 
 
 
 

 


 
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