Great Britain U16 lose in Madrid final

Great Britain U16 were beaten 4-3 by Spain and finished as runners-up in their international tournament in Madrid.

Finlay Ulrick (Sheffield), Gary Simpson (Kirkcaldy) and Kieran Brown (Iowa Wild) scored GB’s goals.

Assistant Coach, Sean Easton, said: “With the immediate goal of using the tournament to provide the team with a tough schedule, it was hugely beneficial to be tested and get to the final.

“As a team we improved incredibly over the four days on the ice and off the ice.

“Considering we haven’t all trained together as a full team, they played together like they train together week in, week out.

“All in all, it was a fantastic four days in which the players gained incredible experience and enjoyment representing the country – and boy they did Great Britain proud.”

GB progressed to the final courtesy of victories against Spain, Mannheim and Rouen.

National talent development officer, Mark Beggs, said: “If there was ever a reason to show the importance of the GB U16 program, this trip had what we needed to see.

“This gives a great benchmark going forward.”

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