Canada overwhelme​d by host Russia


Michel Belanger

July 8, 2013, KAZAN, Russia (Team Canada) (ISN) – It was a difficult evening for the Canadian women’s water polo team on Monday as the red and white’s preliminary round record dropped to 1-1 following a 24-4 loss to host Russia.

Olga Beliaeva led the charge for the winners with six goals. Teammates Ekaterina Prokofyeva and Alexandra Antonova also had big nights, recording five and four markers, respectively. 

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Ottawa’s Rebekka Steenkamer (Concordia University), Danika Kotylak of Maple Ridge, B.C. (Hawaï), Taylor Molde of Calgary (Hawaï) and Elyse Lemay-Lavoie of Montreal (Collège Ahuntsic) scored for Canada.

The Russians, who captured the bronze medal at the 2011 Universiade in Shenzhen, China, opened the scoring just 13 seconds into the match and held a 6-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. They then scored 12 unanswered goals before Canada found the back of the net again 3:03 into the fourth quarter.

Anna Ustukhina and Anna Karnaukh split time in front of the Russian net, making seven and two saves, respectively. At the other end of the pool, Toronto native Claire Wright (Loyola Marymount) faced 29 shots and made five saves.

Canada currently sits in third place in Group A but can move into second with a win in its final preliminary match against Japan (0-2), Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. local time (7:30 a.m. ET).

BOXSCORE: Canada vs Russia