Ice Hockey

A silver lining for Team Great Britain

Today, Pete Russell and his Great Britain side, returned home following the recent IIHF World Championship tournament in Zagreb.

 

Following the final period heartbreak of last year, Team GB were determined to put right what went wrong and go one further by claiming the gold medal and promotion.

A generation of players had tried and failed leaving the perfect platform for the most promising of rosters to break the duck.

Adding Evan Mosey to the line-up gave Russell another versatile skater, as well as adding depth with the returning trio of Dowd, Farmer and Weaver who all missed the Olympic qualifiers in Cortina through injury.

Not only was it player additions that would aid the efforts of Team GB but having Coventry Blaze head coach Chuck Weber on the coaching staff was just what was needed.

However all of this was in vain.

Four straight victories including an opening day rout of host nation Croatia, Team GB entered the final game against Ukraine requiring only a single point to claim promotion and the gold medal.

It was the GB captain Jonathan Phillips who opened the scoring when he redirected Josh Batch’s shot from the blue-line past the Ukraine net minder.

In a topsy turvy affair it was the ‘favourites’ pre tournament who found an equaliser before an even third period left all up for grabs going into the final minutes.

It was deja vu for GB.

With minutes remaining on the clock hearts of the nation were shattered. After a block shot out infront left the Ukranian at the back door with a yawning cage to fire into and send GB home with yet again a silver medal.

This was a tournament that sees the international side come away showing signs of making big strides in determining the future of British Ice Hockey.

 

 

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