GB U18 crash to heavy defeat against Poland

Great Britain U18 can still take a World Championship bronze medal from Brasov despite a 9-1 defeat against Poland.

The result guarantees Poland the gold medal and promotion to Division 1B next year.

Poland have been the standout team of the week but GB pushed them and caused problems before falling away in the final period. Cole Shudra scored GB’s only goal of the game.

Head Coach Martin Grubb said: “It was very frustrating, obviously not what we wanted from the game. Before we started we knew it would be difficult, Poland had already put 27 goals on in three games so we knew they were heavy on offense.

“This morning at practice we worked on what we could do to limit their offense and play to our systems to generate turnovers and go on the offensive ourselves.

“For most parts in the first period we competed well and the player did as they were asked. We were out shot but we took a few too many penalties but we were still in the game.

“In the second period we were really good – that’s the first time a team has threatened to win a period against Poland this week. I asked the boys to win the period and we should have but gave a sloppy goal at the end.

“The third period started with a shorthanded goal for them which was very slack from us and we were making individual errors which they capitalised on.”

GB play their final game on Sunday against Romania (face-off 6.30pm UK time).

(Image permission: Benedikt Kubatzki)

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