GB Women still in hunt for promotion

Great Britain Women beat Poland 2-1 in their fourth game at the World Championship (Division 2A) in Bled.

The victory means GB still have a chance of the gold medal and promotion to Division 1B.

A two-goal margin over Poland today would’ve put the matter in GB’s hands. To win gold GB need to beat DPR Korea tomorrow and hope hosts Slovenia defeat Korea or take them to overtime.

Player of the match was netminder Nicole Jackson, who turned away 28 of the 29 shots she faced.

Poland took the lead after 94 seconds through Katarzyna Frackowiak as her shot trickled past Jackson.

Chrissy Newman hauled GB level in the 29th minute with her fourth goal of the tournament as she got the final touch to a goalmouth scramble.

GB went ahead after 39 minutes on a five-on-three powerplay as a shot from Louise Adams flew past Martyna Sass from the blueline.

Britain hit the pipes twice in the final period and outshot Poland 31-29, but they could not find that crucial third goal.

Coach James Ashton said: “This was another good performance against a very good Poland side.

“We gave it our all and it was another win for the girls. The final day is going to be exciting with so many medal possibilities.

“But we just have to do our job and not worry about anything else.”

GB face DPR Korea at 3.30pm UK time tomorrow, with Slovenia hosting Korea at 7.00pm.

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