Day Two: Another loss for GB but coach sees positives

(PHOTO: Karl Denham)

Great Britain U18 Women’s coach Cheryl Smith praised her team for their continued effort, despite ending the game on a 3-0 loss to France.

It was a disappointing night as GB go into Tuesday’s rest day with a point from their two games, but Smith was keen to accentuate the positives.

“We could have let our heads drop after the two early goals, but credit to the girls they kept on going,” she said.

“France are an exceptional team and they showed the level we have to get to if we are to keep moving forward.

“In the third period we took away their game plan yet pushed hard with ours and we won more stick battles.

“Now the challenge is getting that third-period tempo into the first period against Norway.” 

The tournament’s second seeds made it two wins from two and join Norway on six points at the top of the group.

Lucy Beal’s had the game’s first chance for GB early in the game, but it was France who took the lead after a couple of minutes as Jade Barbirati put away a rebound on the doorstep.

(PHOTO: Karl Denham)

Ella Howard in the GB net made a number of saves, but Leane Nuttin added a second on the powerplay for the French as they took further grip of the game.

Despite Howard’s heroics, Julie Perdriel made it 3-0 to France during the second period to effectively clinch victory.

GB had their chances, as Chloe Headland and Emily Harris went close in an attempt to try and swing the pendulum back in Britain’s favour, but it wasn’t to be in the end. 

EARLIER IN THE DAY

Norway also kept up their unbeaten shutout start to the competition as they began the day with a 3-0 win over China.

The game was barely five minutes old when Thea Jorgensen opened the scoring with an unassisted goal to get them on their way.

Jorgensen got an assist along with Silje Gundersen to set up Nora Christophersen with a second Norwegian goal barely a minute into the middle period.

Andrea Kaspersen added a third late on to keep Norway tucked in behind France at the top of the group.

Poland also made it two wins from two as they took a full three points in a 4-2 win over the Netherlands in the day’s second game.

The Dutch had the lead after the first period when Fleur Kivits netted from a Merel Slopsema assist the give them an advantage.

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