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Day 8: Junior Men finish 10th at the 2019 FINA Junior World Championships

(December 19, 2019) – The Canadian men's junior team had its eyes on the 9th spot heading into today's matchup against Hungary. After their impressive win against Australia, the Canadian men were looking for revenge at the 2019 FINA Junior World Championships. However, the Hungarian squad came out firing in the match, jumping to an 8-2 lead in the first quarter. Despite matching Hungary's efforts in the second and third quarters, the Canucks couldn't overcome the early gap and had to settle for 10th place after the 15-6 loss.

Hungary had a strong start, taking a 4-0 lead early in the first quarter Harrison Henning put Canada on the board at 4:43, but Hungary added two more goals to regain a five-goal lead. Bogdan Djerkovic netted his first of the game to decrease the lead within four (6-2). The Hungarians didn't slow down, tallying three more goals to show an 8-2 lead at the end of the first period.

The intensity settled down a bit in the second quarter, with both teams stepping up their defensive game. Mate Dala found the back of the net at 4:58, but Djerkovic answered back almost immediately on the Canadian power play (9-3). The Hungarian squad dominated the first half of the third quarter, adding two more goals to take an 11-3 lead at 5:27. Back-to-back goals from Jérémie Côté brought the score to 11-5 late in the third quarter. Henning completed the score sheet for the Canadians, netting his second of the match in the fourth quarter. Hungary scored four more goals to confirm the 15-6 win.

The Junior Men's National Team wraps up a week of high-level competition, highlighted with victories against Russia and Australia. Most of the athletes will return to their local clubs while others will join the Senior Men's National Team in preparation for the Olympic Qualification Tournament to take place March 22-29, 2020, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Hungary 15 – 6 Canada (8-2, 1-1, 2-2, 4-1)

HUNGARY: Mark Banyai, Peter Sugar (1), Botond Bobis (4), Benedek Baksa (3), Marton Magyar, Gyorgy Agh (1), Mate Dala (2), Andras Turnai, Vince Vigvari, Gergo Fekete (3), Zsombor Szeghalmi (1), Mate Aranyi, Marton Mizsei. Head Coach: Kristof Kemeny.

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



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