According to CBC Sports on Monday, Canada tied Hungary at 14 goals apiece in the men’s Olympic water polo qualifier in Trieste, Italy. With the tie, Canada improves its record to one win and one draw. The quarterfinal winners of the 12 team tournament advance to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
John Conway of Ottawa, Ontario was the Canadian hero. The 24 year-old driver scored the game tying goal with only five seconds left in the game.
Nicolas Constantin-Bicari of Montreal, Quebec led Canada with four goals. Conway and Kevin Graham of Regina, Saskatchewan had three goals each. Oliver Vikalo of Calgary, Alberta had two goals and Justin Boyd of Beaconsfield, Quebec and George Torakis of Montreal, Quebec had one goal each.
Canada was down 13-11 heading into the fourth quarter and then outscored Hungary 3-1 in the final eight minutes. Constantin-Bicari and Graham also scored in the final period for Canada.
In other Group A action, France beat Romania 12-11 and Russia beat Slovakia 7-4. The host Italians have been the dominant team in Group B to date. They have won both games and outscored their opponents (Kazakhstan and South Africa) 36-6. Canada next plays Slovakia (0-2) on Tuesday at 7:10 a.m. mountain time.