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Canada drops its second game against Montenegro at the Olympic Qualification Tournament

Canada’s Men National Team lost 21-7 to Montenegro on Day 2 of the Olympic Qualification Tournament, Monday in Rotterdam. The Montenegrins were in the pool for the first time at this event since their opening match was cancelled on Sunday after Turkey’s withdrawal from the tournament due to the COVID-19 protocol.

Montenegro started strong with six unanswered goals in the opening quarter. Mark Spooner finally got Canada on the board with a goal with a man up, with just over a minute to go, but Dusan Matkovic had the last word to re-establish a six-goal lead before the end of the opening quarter.

The Canadians scored on a pair of man-advantage situations to reduce the gap at 8-3 in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Sean Spooner first beat Montenegro’s goalkeeper with a great skip shot, while Nicolas Constantin-Bicari completed the work nicely started by Gaelan Patterson close to the net. Montenegro added three goals, but Sean Spooner stopped that streak with his second goal of the game and Canada’s fourth with 1:28 to go in the first half. However, Montenegro concluded the half with a pair of goals to put the score at 13-4 at the break.

The Canadians were the first to find the back of the net in the third quarter with Jérémie Côté’s outside shot. Montenegro dominated the rest of the period, adding four goals to increase its lead to 17-5. Côté and Constantin-Bicari each added their second goal of the game in the fourth quarter, but Montenegro kept the pace, winning the game 21-7.

Next on Canada’s menu is Georgia on Tuesday, February 16 at 4 p.m. (local) / 10 a.m. (ET). Th at game will be streaming live on CBCSports.ca and on the CBC Sports app

In the other Group A game on Monday, Greece defeated Brazil 15-8. Georgia had the day off due to Turkey’s withdrawal. In Group B action, Russia and Romania tied 9-9, while France defeated Germany 13-12.

MNE 21 -7 CAN (7-1, 6-3, 4-1, 4-2)

Milan Radenovic (Q1, Q2), Gaelan Patterson, Bogdan Djerkovic, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari (2), Mark Spooner (1), George Torakis, Jérémie Côté (2), Sean Spooner (2), Aleksa Gardijan, Aria Soleimanipak, Max Schapowal, Reuel D’Souza, Samuel Reiher (Q3, Q4).

(Photo : Marcel tel Bals, FINA)



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