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Day 7- Canada earns victory in close battle against Australia

(December 18, 2019) – In one of the closest matchups of the tournament, the Canadian men were able to pull away in the fourth quarter to record the 11-8 win against the Australian squad. Once again, the junior veterans stepped up for the maple leaf, Jérémie Côté leading the way with five goals in the game. Following their victory, the Junior Men will play for ninth place at the 2019 Junior World Championship; it will be a rematch against Hungary, who beat the Canadians 17-7 in the group stage.

In a back-and-forth affair, the Australians were first on the board, but Jérémie Côté answered back on the Canadian power play to level the score 1-1 at the end of the first quarter. The Canadian men took advantage of the extra-man halfway through the second quarter; Reuel D'Souza scored back-to-back goals to give his team a 1-3 lead. The Australians answered back with two power-play goals of their own to tie the game 4-4. Côté fired one from outside with just 4 seconds on the clock to give Canada a 4-5 lead at halftime.

Australia's captain, Charlie Negus, netted one on the power play to bring back the teams at 5-5. Côté tallied his third of the night while Harrison Henning scored his first with a beautiful redirect shot in to put Canada back in the driver's seat at 5-7. Negus added one before the end of the quarter to bring Australia within one (6-7) with eight minutes to go.

The Australians found the equalizer in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, and then took the lead for the first time since the opening quarter when Hugh Anstey's shot deflected on the Canadian block and found its way to the back of the net. Canada's answer came almost immediately when Côté patiently waited for the opening to fire one and tied the score 8-8. Canadian Bogdan Djerkovic dominated the centre, often working with two or three opponents on his back; he scored two fantastic goals in the fourth quarter to help Canada record the 8-11 victory.

Canada will battle for 9th place tomorrow against Hungary at 13:20 local time / 5:20 ET. Live stream is available on FINA TV(subscription required). 

AUS 8 – 11 CAN ( 1-1, 3-4, 2-2, 2-4)

AUSTRALIA: John Hedges, Jack Rector (1), Matthew Murphy, Lachlan Vos (2), Matthew Oberman, James Gillfeather, Hugh Anstey (1), Charlie Negus (4), Alastair Bruce, Nicholas Taylor, Lewis Putt, Matthew Byrnes, Flynn Mais. Head Coach: Andrew Yanitsas.

CANADA: Brody McKnight, Antonios Giannatsis, Bogdan Djerkovic (3), Jeremie Coté (5), Harrison Henning (1), Nick Seredjuc, Kyril Marinov, Bor Tanasijevic, Stefan Dabic, Stephen Gloade, Max MacMillan, Reuel D’Souza (2), Minos Kotzambasis. Head Coach: Brian Parillo.



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