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Canada wins its opening match at the 2019 Canada Cup

(December 10, 2019 – Montreal, QC) – The Canadian women are off to a great start at the 2019 Canada Cup. The red and white opened its round-robin tournament with an 11-10 win against the Netherlands. Trailing by three goals late in the second quarter, Canada slowly made their way back to capture the three points. The local favourites, Joelle Bekhazi and Krystina Alogbo, each tallied one before halftime to bring Canada within one goal (5-6) at the end of the second period.

Monika Eggens found the equalizer halfway through the third quarter, and the crowd erupted in cheers. The Netherlands answered back almost immediately, but two quick goals put the Canucks in the driver’s seat for the first time in the match. Catharina Van der Sloot tallied her fourth goal of the night to bring the score to 4-4 heading into the final quarter.

The Canadian women regained the lead early in the fourth quarter; Krystina Alogbo netted her second of the game to give Canada a 9-8 lead. The Dutch tied the score 10-10 with less than three minutes to go in the game. Canada's Hayley McKelvey converted a penalty at 2:39 to regain the advantage. The Canadian defence held on in the final minutes of the match to confirm the 11-10 win.

"We showed a lot of character tonight. Even when we were trailing by three goals, we kept working, focusing on our system and our preparation. I think the fans really helped us tonight. It's probably not our best game from a tactical standpoint. Still, the crowd gave us the energy we needed to push and record the win." commented Krystina Alogbo of the Women's National Team.

The Canadian women will be back in action tomorrow night against China. The game starts at 19h00 at the Centre Sportif du Parc Olympique in Montreal. Admission is free. Watch online at

Russia earns first win in dominating fashion

The first match of the evening pitted Russia against China. After a close first quarter between the two teams, the Russians dominated the second quarter to show a 12-5 lead at halftime. Despite China's effort to come back in the game, Russia controlled the second half to record the 20-13 win. Maria Bersneva led the way for Russia with four goals in the game.

Day 1 – Results

CHINA 13-20 RUSSIA (2-3, 3-9, 2-5, 3-6)

China - Jing (4), Huan (3), Danyi, Jiawen, Guannan, Dunhan, Xiaohan, Xinyan

Russia - Bersneva (4), Borisova (3), Karimova (3), Prokofyeva (3), Ryzkhova (2), Gorbunova (2), Soboleva, Simanovich, Gerzanich.

CANADA 11-10 Netherlands (3-4, 2-2, 3-2, 3-2)

Canada - Bekhazi (2), Eggens (2), Alogbo (2), Fournier, Paul, McKelvey, Wright, Crevier.

Netherlands - Van der Sloot (4), Megens (4), Koolhaas, Rogge.

Standings after Day 1

  1. Russia (1-0-0-0) - 3 points
  2. Canada (1-0-0-0) - 3 points
  3. The United States (0-0-0-0) - 0 points
  4. The Netherlands (0-0-0-1) - 0 points
  5. China (0-0-0-1) - 0 points
Day 2 – Schedule

17h30 – USA vs Russia

19h00 – Canada vs China

Complete schedule and stats are available here :



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