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Canada tie Hungary, France top Romania

With just 5 seconds on the clock John Conway (pictured) shot home his 3rd goal of the game as Canada tied Hungary 14-14 in a high goal-scoring contest completing a nice little comeback by the Canadians who scored the game's final two goals. And so saw Hungary head coach Tibor Benedek saw his team not able to beat the opponent, coached by his former longtime coach at Italian champion Pro Recco, Giuseppe 'Pino' Porzio, with whom Benedek celebrated numerous national and international titles in Italy.
As Canada captain Kevin Graham converted a penalty with under a minute remaining, the equaliser by Conway was the second goal in the final minute to stun the Hungarians. Both teams now lead group A of the Olympic qualification tournament after two days of action in Trieste, Italy.
In the same group France clinched a nice victory over Romania scoring two straight goals in the final period surviving the final minutes to edge Romania 11-12. Ugo Crousillat, on man up, and Igor Kovacevic hit subsequent shots for the French as they turned around an 11-10 deficit into the close but important win. Crousillat was on target scoring 5 goals for France who gained their first victory.
In other results the Netherlands added a 2nd win already beating Kazakhstan 5-8. A nice 0-3 start had the Dutch in the driver's seat and even allowed them to overcome a tough remainder of the match in which they held on to the 3-goal lead. Spain had a tough outing against Germany who hung on for 3 periods before Spain secured a 5-10 victory in the final quarter. Russia celebrated their first win proving too strong for Slovakia 7-4 while hosts Italy marched on rolling past South Africa 22-3 to now lead group B with the Netherlands.


2016 Olympic Games Men's Qualification Tournament
Trieste (ITA)

Programme and results

Day 2 - Monday, April 4:

Kazakhstan vs. Netherlands 5-8 (0-3, 2-2, 2-2, 1-1)
Germany vs. Spain 5-10 (1-1, 1-0, 2-4, 1-5)
Canada vs. Hungary 14-14 (3-4, 4-4, 4-5, 3-1)
Romania vs. France 11-12 (4-3, 3-3, 3-4, 1-2)
Russia vs. Slovakia 7-4 (2-0, 3-3, 0-1, 2-0)
Italy vs. South Africa 22-3 (5-1, 6-0, 7-1, 4-1)

Current standings


Group A:

1. Hungary 2-3 pts, 2. Canada 2-3, 3. Russia 2-2, 4. Romania 2-2, 5. France 2-2, 6. Slovakia 2-0.

Group B:

1. Italy 2-4 pts, 2. Netherlands 2-4, 3. Spain 2-2, 4. Germany 2-2, 5. Kazakhstan 2-0, 6. South Africa 2-0.

Day 3 - Tuesday, April 5:

13.50: Hungary vs. Romania
15.10: Slovakia vs. Canada
16.30: France vs. Russia
17.50: Netherlands vs. Germany
19.10: South Africa vs. Kazakhstan
20.30: Spain vs. Italy

Day 4 - Wednesday, April 6:

13.50: Kazakhstan vs. Germany
15.10: South Africa vs. Spain
16.30: Canada vs. Romania
17.50: Russia vs. Hungary
19.10: Slovakia vs. France
20.30: Italy vs. Netherlands

Day 5 - Thursday, April 7:

13.50: France vs. Canada
15.10: Hungary vs. Slovakia
16.30: Russia vs. Romania
17.50: Spain vs. Kazakhstan
19.10: Netherlands vs. South Africa
20.30: Italy vs. Germany

Day 6 - Friday, April 8 (quarterfinals):

16.00: 1A vs. 4B - game 31
17.30: 2A vs. 3B - game 32
19.00: 3A vs. 2B - game 33
20.30: 4A vs. 1B - game 34

Day 7 - Saturday, April 9 (semifinals):

16.00: L31 vs. L33 - game 35
17.30: L32 vs. L34 - game 36
19.00: W31 vs. W33 - game 37
20.30: W32 vs. W34 - game 38

Day 8 - Sunday, April 10 (finals):

11.00: L35 vs. L36 - 7th/8th place
12.30: W35 vs. W36 - 5th/6th place
15.30: L37 vs. L38 - 3rd/4th place
17.00: W37 vs. W38 - 1st/2nd place

19.00: Draw for the 2016 Olympic Games

Top 4 teams qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games.

N.b.: time mentioned is local time.

Eight teams have already secured a place for the Olympic Games:

Australia, Brazil (as host), Croatia, Greece, Japan, Montenegro, Serbia, USA

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