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Canada edges China 17-16 in shootout

(Gwangju, Korea – July 22, 2019) – In a great team performance, Canada edged China 17-16 in a shootout at the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju. In a back and forth affair, the Canadian women were trailing by one with less than a minute to play in the fourth quarter. Kyra Christmas netted her third goal of the day to force a shootout. Both teams were perfect after six rounds when Canadian goalkeeper, Claire Wright, made a crucial save to give her team the advantage. Hayley McKelvey made no mistakes and converted her shot to help Canada record the 17-16 victory.

The Canadian women came out strong in the first quarter, jumping to a 4-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game. China answered back with two goals to show a 4-4 tie at the end of the opening quarter. Jing Zhang’s third goal helped the Chinese take the lead 7-8 late in the second quarter.

China doubled its lead in the first minute of the second half, but Axelle Crevier answered back for Canada to keep her team within one (8-9) at the end of the third quarter. Jing Zhang tallied her fourth goal of the match to give China an 8-10 lead with 3:49 to play in the fourth quarter. Monika Eggens beat the goalkeeper with a quick shot on the Canadian power play to make it a one-goal game (9-10). A Chinese exclusion with a little over a minute to play gave the Canadian women the occasion they were looking for, and Kyra Christmas capitalized on the power play to tie the game 10-10. Canada’s defence stopped the last Chinese attempt to bring the game into a shootout. The five Canadian shooters, Kyra Christmas, Hayley McKelvey, Emma Wright, Axelle Crevier, and Kindred Paul, were perfect in the first round, as well as their Chinese opponents. The key play came from Canadian goalkeeper, Claire Wright, who saved the seventh Chinese shot and gave her teammate the chance to end it with a goal. McKelvey had no trouble finding the back net, and Canada secured the 17-16 win.

Canada will face Kazakhstan for 9th place, Wednesday, July 24 at 11:00 am local / 22:00 Heure de l’Est (July 23). Livestream is available via FINA TV (subscription required).

CANADA 17-16 CHINA (4-4, 3-4, 1-1, 2-1) (SO:7-6)

Gaudreault, Algobo, Crevier (1+1), E. Wright (1+1), Eggens (1), McKee, Bekhazi, Lemay-Lavoie, McKelvey (2+2), Christmas (3+2), Paul (1+1), Fournier (1), C. Wright



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