Canada Water Polo Women start off strong at the Junior World Championships with a 15-6 Win Over Germany
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia- Team Canada got the strong start they were after this morning beating Germany 15-6 at the 8th FINA Women’s Junior World Championships being held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
In her first international match, newcomer to the team Elisabeth Henry (Saanich Water Polo School – Victoria, British Columbia) led all scorers with three on the day. Sarah McIlveen (York Mavericks – Scarborough, Ontario), Breda Vosters (Bushido – Winnipeg, Manitoba), Anna Yelizarova (CAMO – Lasalle, Quebec), Kirstn Mase (Pacific Storm - Port Moody, British Columbia), and Shae Fournier (Bushido – Winnipeg, Manitoba) each found the back of the net twice while Michelle Caron (DDO Water Polo Club – Kirkland, Quebec) and Allison Campbell (Pacific Storm – Maple Ridge, British Columbia) notched singles.
Team captain Mase got the ball rolling early with a goal less than a minute in with a left hand sweep shot from the center. Henry followed that up about a minute later to give Canada a two goal lead to start the game. Germany would get one back on a power play opportunity but Fournier answered back with 1:15 left in the quarter which would end 3-1 Canada. The momentum would carry over into the second and Canada would strike first once again with Yelizarova scoring her first of two. It only took Germany 12 seconds to reply and that made it a 4-2 game. In the minute following the German goal, Mase would draw a penalty shot which was converted by Henry and score her second goal of the game from the center. The teams would trade goals to end the half 7-3 with Yelizarova scoring for Canada.
The third quarter was completely dominated by Canada outscoring Germany 4-0. The quarter started off slow with Canada unable to score on three power play opportunities and a penalty shot once again earned by Mase. Henry sparked the offence back to life by completing her hat trick on a power move sliding in as a secondary center forward. Canada would then score three more straight goals including two from McIlveen and one from Caron. In the fourth quarter, Canada would keep the tradition of scoring first alive with a bullet from Fournier around a blocker and into the top left corner. Germany tried to claw their way back into by scoring three times in the fourth but a goal by Campbell and two by Vosters in the last minute would restore the substantial lead. Final score 15-6 Canada.
Team Captain Kirstn Mase had the following comments after the game – “This game was a good start to the tournament for us. It was clear that the team was excited and ready to play. We hope to keep this momentum going throughout the week.”
Head coach Nishant Damani added the following - “I’m pleased with the team’s performance this morning. We definitely made some mistakes that we can’t make in the future but we will clean those up in practice. We now have to shift our focus to preparing for the game against Greece on Tuesday.”
Canada has a day off tomorrow due to Mexico dropping out of the event at the last minute and returns to action at 3:20PM local time on Tuesday afternoon against Greece. Khanty-Mansiysk is 10 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
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