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06.10.2017
Women’s World League Super Final: Semi-Final Recap

Canada earned their spot in the Gold Medal Game at World League Super Final with an 11-10 victory over Russia, and what a game it was! Canada had a tough start, but played a solid second half to capture the win. Despite their early lead, Canada was trailing by two at the end of the first quarter (5-3 Russia). In the 2 nd quarter, Russia scored two consecutive goals to extend their lead to 7-3. Fournier answered with a power play goal for Canada to make it 7-4. Russia added one more goal before the end of the half (8-4). The Canadians started the second half with the desire to come back into this game. A converted a penalty shot by Emma Wright and a nice lob goal by Joelle Bekhazi put the score at 8-6 in the opening minutes of the 3 rd quarter. Russia scored twice to keep their 4 goals lead. In the last of minute of the third, Alogbo scored a power play goal to give our women’s hope heading into the fourth (10-7). Canada were on a mission in this final quarter, playing solid defense and capitalizing on their chances. In the opening minutes, Kyra Christmas scored (10-8) with Canada’s extra-man advantage. Bekhazi added one goal on transition (10-9) to help Canada gained back the momentum. McKelvey continued on her tournament streak, scoring on the power play to tie the game at 10-10. With 1:50 minutes left, Canada earned an extra-man advantage, Hayley McKelvey scored her third to put Canada ahead 11-10. Russia got the ball again with a last opportunity to tie the game. The Russians earned a penalty shot with only 5 seconds left in the game. The Canadian goaltender, Jessica Gaudreault was up for the challenge. Gaudreault made a huge penalty shot save to protect Canada’s lead. As the clock was triggering down, Bekhazi fought to keep the ball and confirm Canada’s comeback victory! With this win, Canada earned their spot in the gold medal game where they will face the defending champions, the United States of America, June 11 th at 6:30 am (EST). Live stream will be available via FINA TV (Embargos may apply depending on the location). Water Polo Canada will provide live updates on Twitter.

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“Today, we demonstrated our team’s relentlessness and heart. We came back from a 4 goal deficit to win the game and make the finals. Everyone contributed for a solid team effort today – and we are excited to play for the gold tomorrow.” – Christine Robinson, Senior Women’s National Team.

“Our defense in the first half was poor as we made many individual mistakes. It was the first game that we allowed eight goals against in the first half. We improved our play in the second half scoring two counter attack goals that boosted our confidence. We played great power play defense to finish the game and never stop believing.” – Haris Pavlidis, Head Coach, Senior Women’s National Team.

Goals:

  • ·Krystina Alogbo (1)
  • ·Emma Wright (2)
  • ·Kyra Christmas (2)
  • ·Joelle Bekhazi (2)
  • ·Hayley McKelvey (3)
  • · Shae Fournier (1)
 
 
 
 

 


 
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