Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Canada has landed

This is a repost from
Stephanie Koo with her kind permission

Canada has landed!
Day 1 of the U19 Women's World Floorball Championship tournament proved to be a tail spin for the heavily favoured Latvian team as Canada's U19 National Floorball team flew under the radar and blew the near capacity crowd out of their seats. Other nations and local fans gathered in tight to watch the number one seed Latvia take on the unknown team from Canada. Canada opend up the scoring 30 seconds into the game with a top shelf goal by Christi McKinney(Belleville). Latvia swooped back 23 seconds later to tie the game 1-1. Canada kept the cabin pressure on high and soared to an new altitude when Kassandra Eby (Belleville) channeled her energy and inner dedication to put Canada back in the lead with an unanssisted goal. The First class line of Christi McKinney (Belleville), Eryn Brown (Hamilton) and Victoria Chapman (Belleville) still had plenty of jet fuel left late in the first period to give Canada a two goal lead with Kristi McKinney's second of the game.

During the second period the Canadian Snow Birds hit some turbulance when Lativa refused to play the role of the co-pilot. Latvia scored two unanswered goals to tie the game up at 3-3.

Moving into the 3rd, Latvia continued to push the attack... but the relentless Canadians were able to stall the Maroon Offence for a while. Latvia scored a goal to take the lead 4-3 with 5 mins. to play. A late penalty by Latvia opened the door for Canada and they took full advantage of the opportunity and scored a beautiful tic, tack, toe, goal by Tori Chapman with 1:48 left in the game. Canada had two outstanding chances to end the game after the tying goal... the last by Port Hope's Katie Linker with 2 second left that just hoped over her stick with a gaping net waiting.... Assists in the tie went to Hamilton's Eryn Brown (2), and Port Hope's Katie Linker.

The IFF honoured Brianna Kennelly (Hamilton) with the MVP honours for Team Canada.

Canada has Landed and the rest of the floorball world has taken notice. The top story on the IFF web site today is about the game!


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