Canada drops Hungary in women's u-18 hockey tuneup
Sarah Potomak kick started the offence with a second-period goal as Canada's under-18 women's hockey team beat the Hungary Selects 4-1 Friday.
Eve-Audrey Picard, Breanne Wilson-Bennett and Victoria Bach also scored for Canada in the tuneup for the upcoming IIHF U18 Women's World Championship. The Canadians open their defence of the U18 world title on Sunday in a preliminary-round game against Japan.
The Hungarians, fielding a mix of older players and players from their U18 team, scored the opening goal and led 1-0 after the first period, but Canada was eventually able to assert its game and go on to a comfortable win.
"It shows that we can battle through adversity, and it's good to know that people don't give up on this team and we just keep working hard until the end of the game," Canada forward Rebecca Leslie said.
Canada head coach Laura Schuler said it was beneficial for the team to have to deal with an early deficit in the exhibition game.
"I thought it was good to feel that little bit of pressure of being behind," Schuler said. "They added some depth to their roster by adding some older players, so I knew they were going to come out with some force against us.
"It was just a matter of our kids adjusting to the tempo and realizing they have to do a better job of being first on the puck."