Canadian National Team Earns First Win of Canada Cup in Rematch of Australia
Dec. 10, 2013
GATINEAU, Quebec. - The Canadian National Team picked up their first victory of the 2013 Canada Cup by winning 7-5 in their rematch against Australia in Gatineau, Quebec. Team Canada used their defense to hold the Aussies to their lowest score of the tournament.
Indiana senior Shae Fournier, who is known for her defensive powers at IU, helped Canada hold off Australia and keep them to just two goals in the first half. Two goals from Katrina Monton and singles from Krystina Alogbo, Christine Robinson, Carmen, Monika Eggens, and one from newcomer Hayley KcKelvey, who registered her first international game goal with the senior team tonight, gave Canada a wide lead to start the fourth quarter.
As most predicted, the Australian team began to make a run in the final minutes of the game, but Team Canada held on to a final 7-5 victory.
"We played good defense tonight," said Canadian head coach Guy Baker. "Our powerplay defense was improved. We did make some mistakes in the game but not quite as many as in our previous appearances. It was another close match with the Australians," he concluded.
The Australians, silver medalists at the 2013 World Championship, are the current Canada Cup tournament leaders and were undefeated in their first three games at the event. Their performance has already secured them a place in the finals.
The last game for Canada is a rematch against Team USA. The winner will join Australia in the gold medal game on Sunday.
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