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FINA World League Super Final – Day 1: Canada suffers tough loss against Russia

(June 4, 2019 – Budapest, Hungary) – The Canadian women suffered a tough loss on the first day of competition at the 2019 FINA World League Super Final in Budapest, Hungary. In a back and forth affair, the Canadians were able to score the equalizer with just 6 seconds to go, but the Russians came out on top in shootouts to record the 16(4) -15(2) win.

It was a close battle in the first quarter as no team was able to get an edge on the opponent. Canada’s Kyra Christmas netted two while Monika Eggens scored the equalizer in last minute of the period (3-3). Both teams exchanged goals in the second quarter, Tatiana Tolkunova gave Russia the advantage 7-6 at halftime.

Canada came out strong in the second half, Hayley McKelvey, Emma Wright, and Axelle Crevier each tallied one to put the Canadians in the lead (7-9). The Russian team scored halfway through the third quarter to come within one, but Canada answered back with two straight goals to gain a three-goal advantage heading into the final period.

Russia looked determine to come back into this game in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, scoring two quick goals to come within one (10-11). Krystina Alogbo netted her first of two goals to give back a two-goal lead to the Canadians. Once again, Russia was able to claw back and tie the game at 12-12. After both teams exchanged goals, Russia regained the lead 15-14 with less than a minute to go in the game. An exclusion at the other end of the pool gave the Canadians an opportunity to tie the game one more time. With 12 seconds on the clock, the Canadians moved the ball quickly to find an opening; Bekhazi set up Eggens who fired a shot from the left side to tie the game 15-15 and send the game in a shootout. Both goalkeepers had strong showings in the shootout, but in the end, the Russians converted 4 of their 5 shots to record the win (19-17).

Canada will face the United States in its second game of the round-robin, tomorrow, June 5, at 16:45 local time // 10:45 am Eastern time.Live stream is available via FINA TV (subscription required).

The 2019 FINA World League Super Final marks the beginning of the international season for the Women’s national team. A total of eight teams will compete in this week’s Super Final in the hopes of capturing the first ticket for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

RUSSIA 16 (4) – 15 (2) CANADA – (3-3, 4-3, 1-5, 7-4 SO: 4-2)

Gaudreault (1st/2nd/SO), Alogbo (2), Sohi, E. Wright (3), Eggens (3), McKee, Bekhazi (1), Crevier (2), McKelvey (1), Christmas (3), Paul, Fournier, C. Wright (3rd/4th).

Group A: USA 3, Russia 2, Canada 1, Hungary 0

Group B: Netherlands 3, Italy 3, Australia 0, China 0



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