Last minute thriller sees Canada comeback to draw USA
September 6, 2018
After a disappointing 36-24 opening leg in Alabama last week, it would be a very didficult task in the second leg of the series but the Canadian Men's National Team provided the soldout crowd in Montreal with plenty of thrills on Wednesday night.
The Americans would take an early five goal lead in the first and refused to relinquish, utilizing their athleticism and size advantage throughout the first half.
With nothing to lose, Canada pressed hard in the second with goalkeeper Lyndon Suvanto making a series of big time saves then coming out as an attacker. The Edmonton native, now playing professionally in France, kept motioning to the raucous crowd to keep the energy flowing. It will clerly motivate the team as Canada's relentless pressure that the US could not stop and cut the lead down.
Down a goal with under a minute remaining Canada would make a great defensive play and made a quick counter-attack that lead to them tying the game 27-27 (51-63 on aggregate).
The Canadians now will face Chile, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia in a tournament that will see the winner advance to the 2019 Pan Am Games in Peru.