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Canada ends Holiday Cup with a loss to Russia

December 21, 2019) – The last match of the round-robin was a crucial one for Canada and Russia as the winner of this matchup would move on to the placement game while the loser would see its Holiday Cup end on Friday night. In another close contest, the Russian squad took a three-goal lead in the third quarter (8-5). Des pite scoring twice in the final quarter, the Canadians were unable to recover and fell 9-7 to Russia.

Both teams had trouble finding its rhythm in the o pening quarter. Ekaterina Prokofyeva o pened the scoring for Russia at 3 :05 of the first period. Monika Eggens answered back for the Canucks to level the score to 1-1. The Russians jum ped to a 3-1 lead after striking twice on the power play early in the second quarter. Gurpreet Sohi beat the goalkeeper twice to tie the score 3-3, but Russia scored two of its own to regain a two-goal advantage. Joelle Bekhazi mystified the goalkeeper with a perfectly executed lob shot late in the second quarter to bring Canada within a goal (5-4) at halftime.

The Russian squad extended its lead to 7-4 late in the third quarter. Bekhazi tallied her second of the night on the power play, but Prokofyeva helped Russia regain a three-goal advantage with just five seconds left in the third quarter.

Sohi completed her hat trick at 5: 45 to bring Canada back in the match, with the score at 8-6. Russia’s captain, Prokofyeva stepped up once again, scoring her third goal of the game with just over two minutes to go (9-6). The Canadians continued to push on offence but eventually ran out of time and fell to Russia at 9-7. Emma Wright scored her third goal of the tournament late in the fourth quarter.

On Saturday, Russia won its matchup against Italy in the third-place game, while the US claimed first place after a 12-6 win over the Netherlands.

The Canadian athletes will enjoy some time off for the holidays before making their way back to Montreal in early January to continue their preparation ahead of the FINA World League events and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

RUSSIA 9 – 7 CANADA (1-1, 4-3, 3-1, 1-2)

RUSSIA: Maria Bersneva (3), Ekaterina P rokofyeva (3), Anna Timofeeva, Evgeniya Ivanova, Daria Gerzanich

CANADA: Gur preet Sohi (3), Joelle Bekhazi (2), Monika Eggens, Emma Wright



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