Canada notches first win in men’s water polo


Michael Belanger

July 8, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (Team Canada) (ISN) – Holding off a comeback in the second half, the Canadian men’s water polo team broke the ice in Pool A action with a 10-9 win over Georgia at the 27th Summer Universiade, Monday afternoon.

The Canadians, now 1-2 at the tournament, scored all 10 goals in the first three quarters, including leading 6-1 in the first half.

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Georgia came out strong after the break notching four goals by four different players in the third to bring the game within two. With 17 seconds left in the contest, Giorgi Karchiladze tallied to keep the game within reach. But Georgia couldn’t complete the comeback.

“We played great, I’m very pleased. The team worked hard on defence, they worked hard everywhere,” said head coach Michel Roy. “We are very young but this is preparation for the future. We are getting great experience at this tournament.”

David Lapins of Gatineau, Que. (Athabasca College), and Martin Pelland of Montreal each recorded a hat trick each for the winners. Devin Thumwood of Calgary (Mount Royal), Nikola Curcija of Calgary (Calgary), Matijla Dabic of Gatineau (Heritage College) and Nikola Mitrovic of Gatineau scored the other Canadian goals.

Giorgi Kartvelishvili led the offence for the opposition with a hat trick, while Luka Tukvadze had a pair, to go with singles by Karchiladze, Levan Chikvinidze, Davit Bakradze and Levan Kavlashvili.

Canadian keeper Milan Radenovic made 12 saves in the win, while Irakli Pavlenishvili and Nikoloz Shubladze each made five saves in the losing effort. Canada finished with a 21-18 edge in shots.

The red and white has two preliminary round games left, starting with Hungary on Wednesday at 5 p.m. local (9 a.m. ET).

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