MONTREAL - Emily Csikos of Calgary scored five goals to lead Canada to a 14-11 victory over Hungary on Sunday in the bronze medal game of the Canada Cup women's water polo tournament.
In a rematch of last year's final, Australia defeated China 11-8 for the gold medal.
Canada won the bronze for the second consecutive year, finishing the tournament with a 3-3 record. It was also revenge for the Canadians who lost to Hungary earlier this week in round-robin play.
"Despite our previous loss to Hungary, and going down by two goals several times in the game we never gave up and proved that we have what it takes to be in the Olympics," said Csikos.
For Canada the tournament was an opportunity to assess players in preparation for its Olympic qualifying tournament in April in Italy.
"It was a great a team game today, many different players contributing on the offensive end as well as the on the defensive end," said Canada's assistant coach Justin Oliveira.
"We had a lot success on our power play, capitalizing during key moments in the game. As we are in process of building our squad for the qualification tournament, this tournament gave us a great view on players who were not with us this summer and performed well at this tournament."
Krystina Alogbo of Rivere-des-Prairies, Que., and Joelle Bekhazi of Pointe-Claire, Que., had two goals apiece while Rosanna Tomiuk of Beaconsfield, Que., Dominique Perreault of Montreal, Carmen Eggens of Maple Ridge, B.C., Tara Campbell of Baie-d’Urfe, Que., and Anna Yelizarova had one apiece.
The Hungarians led 5-4 after the first quarter, 6-5 at the half and the score was tied 9-9 after three. The Canadians scored four unanswered goals in less than three minutes in the fourth after the Hungarians grabbed a 10-9 lead.
In the fifth place match, the Netherlands beat Spain 8-7.
Eggens was named to the tournament all-star team.