07/09/2015 08:22 EDT | Updated 07/09/2016 05:59 EDT

Canada tops Venezuela in men's water polo action

Justin Boyd and Kevin Graham each scored five goals as Canada's men's water polo team rebounded from an opening match loss with a 16-2 win over Venezuela Thursday at the Pan Am Games. 

Nicolas Bicari had two goals, while Canada got one each from Constantine Kudaba, John Conway, Alec Tascereau, and Jared Mcelroy. 

Canada's men followed in the footsteps of the Canadian women, who trounced Puerto Rico 19-5 in their matinee matchup. 

Canada, the silver medallists at the 2011 Pan Ams, got out to a 5-0 lead, and never looked back as they got a very strong game from Graham, who was a substitute.

In other action, Brazil beat Mexico 22-9.

Canada will have a day off before finishing up the preliminary round against Mexico Saturday. 

Summary from Day 1 

Conway scored a hat trick for the Canadian men but it wasn't enough as they lost 11-9 to Brazil in their opener. Canada gave up four goals in the third period and a rally in the fourth fell short.

Boyd added a pair of goals while  Bicari, Oliver Vikalo, Scott Robinson and George Torakis rounded out the Canadian attack.

 With files from the Canadian Press