GB Women’s and Men’s U18s Snatch Victories

Team GB U18s in action against Romania. Credit: Catherine Kortsmik

With the World Championships in full flow for Team GB both the Women’s senior side and Men’s U18s grabbed wins.

It’s going to be a busy week for Team GB who aim to progress further than previous years.

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For the Women’s side it’s been a successful start to their time in Spain.

They are now two games unbeaten in the tournament, following their 3-1 win over Spain.

This was on the same day Saffron Allen was awarded her 50th cap for Team GB.

Saffron Allen being presented her 50th cap. Credit: Karl Denham

This momentous occasion was almost spoiled as Spain scored early past Nicole Jackson.

This was the first goal she’d conceded in 153 minutes of skating.

Some strong character was shown by Team GB who eventually got themselves back in the game.

Chamonix Jackson grabbed her first senior goal to put her side level on the night.

Some great goalkeeping by Spain’s Alba Gonzalo kept the score line at 1-1 for the second period.

It wasn’t going to stay that way forever as Louise Adams bagged herself a goal, tapping home from close range for 2-1.

Spain then made the risky decision with a minute on the clock to pull Gonzalo from the ice with GB down a player.

Katie Marsden managed to find space and shot from 150ft to score for confirmation of GB’s second win.

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Head Coach Mike Clancy spoke about his side’s performance, saying: “We knew it would be difficult against Spain, but we ground it out and played to the very end and got our rewards.

“We had a lot of shots which weren’t directly on net, so that’s something to work on but two wins from two is where we want to be.”

This result means they now sit in top spot of Division II A with six points after two games.

Latvia sit in second on four points, Taipei third with three, Spain with two and Mexico with zero points.

The Women’s side will face Mexico next on Thursday as they rest throughout Wednesday.

Two Points Onboard for GB U18s

Team GB Men’s U18s picked up their first win of their campaign against Romania in Tallinn.

Team GB U18s at the start of their game versus Romania. Credit: Catherine Kortsmik

After suffering a 3-2 loss to hosts Estonia to begin the tournament GB fought back to beat Romania by the same score line.

The game went to overtime where the winner was scored 37 seconds in by Mack Stewart.

Team GB showed great character to battle back after conceding two goals inside the first nine minutes of the game.

Akos Nyisztor and Akos Molnar scored the openers, but Kell Beattie responded early in the second period to give GB hope.

Austin Osborn then scored the equaliser three minutes later and the scores were all tied at 2-2.

A goalless third period followed, and the game then went to overtime where Stewart was the hero.

Coaches View

Head Coach Sean Easton spoke about his side, saying: “Again, a slow started cost us the full three points. Being second to pucks and sloppy play on the puck led to us being two goals down at the end of the first break.

“In the second and third period we turned up and started to skate and play hard on the puck,” he said.

“We dominated the second and third and found our way back into the game at the 25-minute mark. We have to be a lot better tomorrow when we face Korea.”

Score Just In

Team GB’s game against Korea just finished in a 3-2 score line for Britain.

This gives them a huge win over one of the top sides in their group.

More to come on that score line as details are released, check @BritIceHockey for more.

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