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Canada moves on to the quarterfinals despite loss to Greece

Canada lost 6-19 to Greece in its fourth and final game of the preliminary round at the Olympic Qualification Tournament on Thursday in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. With the result, the Canadians close this opening round in fourth position in Group A and move on to the quarterfinals. A big challenge is awaiting Canada since it will face the top team in Group B, Russia, on Friday in the hope of staying on the road to Tokyo 2020. Only the top three teams at this tournament will earn a spot at the Olympic Games later this summer.

Greece was on fire right off the opening whistle, taking a four-goal lead halfway in the first period. Canada then got on the board a few moments later on Sean Spooner’s superb shot with a man up. The Greeks replied with four more goals to close the quarter with an 1-8 lead. Teams exchanged a goal in the following period, including Nicolas Constantin-Bicari’s tally with a man up, with Greece leading 2-9 at the halftime break.

Greece continued to attack in the second half and added three more goals in the third quarter. Max Schapowal scored his first goal of the tournament for Canada to make it 3-12, but the Greeks then shut the door and added a goal before Constantin-Bicari scored his second of the game at the end of the third period, to make it 4-13.

The Greeks took care of business once again in the final period and increased their lead on a few counterattacks. Despite goals from Canadians Bogdan Djerkovic and Aria Soleimanipak, Greece had put its stamp on that game for a final score of 6-19. The Greeks concluded the preliminary round behind Montenegro in second place in Group A.

Canada will now face Russia in the quarterfinals on Friday, February 19, at 8 p.m. (local) / 2 p.m. (ET). Th at game will be streaming live on CBCSports.ca and on the CBC Sports app and on Radio-Canada Sports ’ website.

Schedule – February 19, 2021 (local time)

  • 14:00 Montenegro (1A) vs. Netherlands (4B)
  • 16:00 Greece (2A) vs. France (3B)
  • 18:00 Georgia (3A) vs. Croatia (2B)
  • 20:00 Canada (4A) vs. Russia (1B)

CAN 6-19 GRE (1-6, 1-3, 2-4, 2-6)

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

(Photo: FINA) 


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