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08.24.2017
Taipei 2017: A late goal helps Japan edge Canada at the Summer Universiade

The Canadian women were looking to build on their recent victory over Hungary heading into their matchup with Japan but Canada ended on the losing side in this encounter. After going back and forth all game, Japan’s Yuri Kazama scored the game-winner with only 10 seconds left on the clock to help her team record a 12-11 victory.

Emma Wright opened the score for the Canadian squad at 5:52 in the first quarter. Japan answered back right away with a goal of their own. Canada’s Kyra Christmas scored one to make it 2-1. The Japanese would add three goals before the end of the quarter taking a 4-2 lead heading into second.

Japan extended their lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Shae Fournier scored for Canada just see Gurpreet Sohi net one on the power play. Like they did most of the game, the Japanese would then take advantage of the extra-man to regain a two goal lead (6-4). Fournier scored her second of the game to put Canada within one (5-6).

The Canadian squad had a strong third quarter, outscoring Japan 4-2. The four Canadian goals came from Elyse Lemay-Lavoie who dominated at the centre position. Canada was up by one goal heading into the final quarter (9-8).

Lemay – Lavoie continued her streak making it 10-8 for the red and white at the beginning of the fourth. Japan took advantage of the Canadian exclusions scoring the equalizer with 5:29 to go. Kelly Matthews tallied one for Canada to regain the lead. Once again, Japan would find the equalizer. A Canadian exclusion with 23 seconds left in the game gave Japan a golden opportunity to get away with the win. With only 10 seconds left, Japan’s Kazama found the back of the net to help her team earn 12-11 victory.

“Japan is a smart team that knows how to play to their strengths. It was a tough loss as we had trouble adapting to their style of play today.” said Shae Fournier. “We are mentally prepared to make some adjustments and come out strong in the remaining games.”

“Always tough to lose a well fought game in the last ten seconds but this team is resilient and will bounce back tomorrow against Great Britain.” Indicated Canada’s assistant coach, Cora Campbell.

The Canadian women will play their last round-robin game against Great Britain, August 25 at 1:30 pm local / 1:30 am ET.

Photo credit : Mathieu Bélanger, U Sports International 
 
 
 
 

 


 
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