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NCL Weekly notes – November 23, 2017

The NCL moved into week two of the 2017-2018 season with 14 games spread across Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia. Week 2 of the NCL also featured the opening of the Major League Water Polo (MLWP) season.

At McMaster University in Hamilton, the five Southern Ontario teams in the 16U boys’ division began their campaigns on Saturday. The games featured the first ever NCL 16U game for Shadow, as well as Hamilton’s return to the NCL after a three-year absence. It was a successful day for both teams as Hamilton picked up two wins in two games, defeating the KW Inferno 8-5 and Shadow 9-5, and Shadow recorded a 13-6 win over the Toronto Golden Jets. The defending 16U National Champions, the Mavericks, look like a strong contender to repeat, after a 30-4 victory over KW in their only game of the day.

In Richmond, Pacific Storm and Fraser Valley renewed their West Coast rivalry, and after a pair of 19U games, there was no way to separate the clubs, as both games ended in ties. In the women’s game, Fraser Valley came back from a two-goal deficit in the 4th quarter to earn an 8-8 tie. Holly Fedyck was a difference maker for Fraser Valley, scoring four goals for Valley, including both of her team’s goals in the 4th quarter. The men’s game came right down to the wire. After Pacific Storm had reversed a two-goal deficit in the 4th, Fraser Valley’s Garrett Davis scored the tying goal with just two seconds left in the game.

In Montreal, St-Lambert and Laval played host to a series of games over the weekend, including the first two MLWP games of the season. Perennially, Senior Nationals contender CAMO defeated the Laval Tritons 17-11 in the opening game of the men’s season, while their female counterparts started their season with a 19-9 win over St-Lambert. St-Lambert would pick up their first ever MLWP win on Sunday night, when they defeated Dollard 13-7.

This Week

There are only 8 games on the NCL docket this week, with seven in Dollard on Saturday and Sunday, and one match in Etobicoke on Sunday night. Please see the NCL schedule for further details:

Water Polo Canada would like to thank the host volunteers for Laval, St-Lambert, Hamilton, and Pacific Storm for their help this weekend.



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