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Canada loses to Georgia at the Olympic Qualification Tournament

(Rotterdam, Netherlands – February 16, 2021) – Despite a very competitive second half, Canada’s Men National Team lost 11-14 to Georgia on Tuesday, in its third game of the preliminary round at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Rotterdam. Georgia forced Canada on the comeback trail early on with a solid opening quarter and even with a better showing in the second half, Georgia held on to its lead on to victory. The Canadians will have a day off on Wednesday before facing Greece on Thursday.

Georgia opened the scoring in the first quarter, but Aleksa Gardijan levelled things at one over a minute later. The Georgians showed opportunism scoring the next three goals, closing the period on a 1-4 lead. Both teams scored a pair of goals each in the second half with Sean Spooner and Nicolas Constantin-Bicari both finding the back of the net for Canada with a man-up, leading to a 3-6 score at the half.

Georgia picked up where it left with a pair of quick goals to stretch the lead at 3-8 in the third period. Reuel D’Souza and Jérémie Côté then scored for Canada before Georgia replied to keep the Canadians at bay. Gaelan Patterson and Reuel D’Souza brought the Canucks back in the game, but still trailing 7-10 at the end of the third quarter.

Canada had to play a perfect fourth quarter to climb back into this one. Despite a sustained effort, Georgia was able to counter Canada’s attacks and confirmed its victory by a score of 11-14. Reuel D’Souza had a strong performance, scoring five goals in the loss.

Canada will conclude its preliminary round against Greece on Thursday, February 18, at 2:30 p.m. (local) / 8:30 a.m. (ET). Th at game will be streaming live on CBCSports.ca , CBC Sports app and ici.radio-canada.ca/sports .

Earlier on Tuesday, Montenegro defeated Brazil 15-5 to stand atop Group A.

CAN 11-14 GEO (1-3, 2-3, 4-4, 4-4)

Milan Radenovic, Gaelan Patterson (2), Bogdan Djerkovic, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari (1), Mark Spooner, George Torakis, Jérémie Côté (1), Sean Spooner (1), Aleksa Gardijan (1), Aria Soleimanipak, Max Schapowal, Reuel D’Souza (5), Samuel Reiher.



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