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FINA World League Super Final – Day 3: Canada comes up short against Hungary

(June 6, 2019 – Budapest, Hungary) – The Canadian women came up short in a close battle against the host nation, Hungary, at the FINA World League Super Final in Budapest. In this high-paced game, the Canadian women’s team capitalized on its power play, scoring eight goals with the extra-man advantage. Both sides were tied 13-13 at the end of the third quarter, but Hungary outscored Canada 3-1 in the final quarter to record the 14-16 win, and finish third place in the group.

Both nations looked determined to secure the third place in Group B in the opening minutes of the game. Hungary, playing in front of their fans, opened the scoring on the counter-attack at 5:45 of the first quarter. Canada answered back on the next possession when Hayley McKelvey’s shot found the back of the net. Both teams exchanged goals just to see Hungary capitalize on the power play to take a 3-2 lead at the end of the first period.

The second quarter was all offence with teams scoring a total of thirteen goals in the period. The Hungarians extended their lead to 4-2 in the opening minutes of the quarter. A converted penalty shot by Emma Wright, and a beautiful lob goal by Joelle Bekhazi, helped the Canadians even the score 4-4. Goals from Christmas and Bekhazi helped the Canadian women show a 10-8 lead at halftime.

The Hungarians came out firing in the third quarter, scoring two quick goals to tie the game 10-10. Both teams stepped up their game defensively, limiting the opposing team to only a few opportunities and neither of the teams were able to take advantage, showing a 13-13 tie heading into the final quarter.

In such a close game, every single goal is crucial, especially in the fourth quarter. Kelly McKee scored her second of the night to give Canada a 14-13 lead with 6:26 to play, but a three-goal run for the Hungarians gave them the edge in the final minutes of the game. Despite Canada’s persistent efforts, Hungary held off and earned a 16-14 win to finish third in Group B.

Canada will face Italy in the quarter-finals tomorrow, June 7, at 16:45 local time // 10:45 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.

CANADA 14 – 16 HUNGARY – (2-3, 8-5, 3-5, 1-3)

Vulpisi (3rd/4th), Lemay-Lavoie (2), Sohi, E. Wright (2), Eggens (1), McKee (2), Bekhazi (2), Crevier, McKelvey (2), Christmas (3), Paul, Fournier, Wright (1st/2nd).

Group A: Italy 9, Netherlands 6, Australia 3, China 0

Group B: USA 9, Russia 5, Hungary 3, Canada 1



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