Team GB Finish A Tough World Championship Campaign

Great Britain have been relegated to Division 1B of the World Championship after a 4-1 defeat by Korea in Budapest. GB were unable to win any of their five games and Korea join Japan in securing their 1A status.

Head coach Tony Hand made wholesome changes and juggled all his lines around and it paid dividends early on. GB went ahead at 4:56 with a superb wrist shot from Robert Dowd for his first goal of the tournament. Matthew Myers and David Clarke then both hit the left-hand post as GB piled on the pressure.

Korea had their chances also and Stephen Murphy had to be at his best to keep out former Coventry Blaze player Woosang Park. GB’s one-goal first-period lead was wipped out as Sanghoon Shin’s tip made it 1-1 (23:19) and Jiman Yoon found space in the slot to put Korea ahead (29:31). Dowd then hit the left-hand post and Phil Hill went close on the doorstep, before Brock Raadunske skated unchallenged into the zone to make it 3-1 at 34:24. Kisung Kim’s touch on the doorstep made it four (43:06).

GB threw all they had in the last 15 minutes, but were unable to break down netminder Sungje Park again. Greg Owen, playing his final match as a hockey player before retirement, won GB’s man-of-the-match award.

Hand said: “We are disappointed as a coaching staff and as a team. I had a chat with the boys and they are devastated in there. We were not good enough in the tournament, but we will bounce back I am sure. We are a proud nation, so I know we won’t stay down for long. We need to find a way to improve and we need to bring fresh players in. Our offence let us down this tournament. We should’ve been three or four ahead in the first period today, and then suddenly we find ourselves 3-1 down in the second. But we will come back and bounce back. These guys are very proud people.”

Photo credit: Diane Davey. 

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