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Volos 2017: Canada moves on to the quarterfinals after win over New Zealand

(Volos, Greece, September 6 2017) – The Canadian women moved on to the quarterfinals after their 9-6 victory over New Zealand at the FINA Junior World Championship in Volos, Greece. A strong second half defensively and converted opportunities with the extra-man helped Canada record the win.

Canada opened the score early in the first quarter, Brianna Utas hit the target with a good shot from the perimeter. New Zealand answered back on the power play and netted one more to take lead (2-1).

Kyra Christmas scored twice in the opening minutes of the second quarter to help Canada regain the lead. The Kiwis found the equalizer a minute later. Peggy Jean Allin tallied one from outside to put Canada in front 4-3. Blaire McDowell netted her fist of the night on the power play just to see New Zealand answer back to come within one at the end of the half (5-4).

The Canadian women showed solid defense in the second half limiting their opponents to only a few opportunities. Axelle Crevier scored twice in the third quarter, capitalizing on Canada’s power plays. McDowell found the back of the net with only 3 seconds left on the clock, Canada was up 8-5 with one quarter to go.

The Canadian women fought hard in the fourth quarter to maintain the lead. Crevier completed her hat trick to extend the Canadian lead to 9-5. New Zealand managed to score in the last two minutes but Canada recorded the 9-6 win and move on to the quarterfinals.

“It was close and hard-fought game from the beginning. We executed our offensive plan and the patience we had allowed us to slowly increase our lead in the second half. We have achieved our first goal of the tournament by solidifying a top 8 spot and look forward to the quarter final tomorrow.” commented team captain Kyra Christmas.

The Women’s national team will face the Netherlands in the quarterfinal, September 7 at 16:00 local time / 9:00 am ET. Live stream is availablhttp://volos2017.com/live-streaming/



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