Team Ireland Win Opening Game As Team GB Lose 5-0

Gareth Roberts was the hero in Team Ireland’s fantastic 6-3 win against Greece in their opening game of the World Championships (Divison 3). Roberts scored two goals and added one assist, including his Team’s first goal after only 25 seconds, to help Team Ireland to an opening win in their campaign in South Africa. Team Ireland’s next game is on Tuesday as they take on hosts, South Africa at 7pm. You can follow the team’s updates via www.iihf.com.

Meanwhile, Team GB slipped to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Kazakhstan in their second game at the World Championship (Division 1A) in Budapest. GB were more than a match for their higher-ranked opponents and played some fantastic hockey. Tony Hand’s side looked the more dangerous side in the first period and created numerous chances on three successive powerplays.

But they were underdone with two moments of briliance in the space of 21 seconds. Konstantin Romanov’s sweet finish (17:42) was followed by Ilya Solarev’s strike (18:01). Great Britain continued to create chance after chance in period two, with Danny Meyers missing a golden opportunity from close in.

David Clarke, Ben Davies and Robert Dowd also went close but GB were unable to turn their possession and chances into goals. And GB were hit with a hammer blow when Roman Savchenko fired home from the slot on a five-on-three powerplay.

Vadim Krasnoslobodtsev scored Kazakhstan’s fourth at the start of the third period, while Konstantin Savenkov saw his penalty shot hit the base of the left-hand post. Yevgeni Blokhin scored netted Kazakhstan’s fifth at the back door on the powerplay.

David Longstaff said: “We did not deserve to lose that game in the way we did. We created so many chances but just could not find a way past their netminder. He had an excellent game and stopped us on so many occasions. We can be proud of the way played the better hockey against a higher-ranked nation. There are plenty of positives despite the defeat. We will now rest up ahead of our next game.”

GB play Italy on Wednesday at 3pm UK time.

Photo Credit – Diane Davey

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