BIG MATCH PREVIEW: DPR Korea vs Great Britain

Photo Credit: Drago Cvetanovic

DPR Korea vs Great Britain, Friday 8th April 15:30 BST/16:30 CEST, Sports Hall Bled

GB got a crucial win over Poland yesterday 2-1 however the margin of victory means that the Gold medal is out of their hands. In order to be in with a shot of it, Great Britain have got to get past DPR Korea, a side they have never previously beaten.

In the end, this tournament looks as if it could of been resolved by a one-nil game in GB’s loss to Korea, but that’s World Championships for you, it can be absolutely brutal at times and demands the highest levels of concentration and performance in order to gain promotion.

482Days gets a look at the the history, the form, a few of the DPR Korean squad to look out for and our Keys to a GB Victory.

The History

GB and DPR Korea have met three times previously with DPR Korea coming out on top in each of the contests.

23rd March 2000, IIHF World Women’s Championship Pool B Qualification DPR Korea 4 – 2 Great Britain

GB got off to a good start in this game with it levelled at 1-1 after the first period, but a disastrous second saw them go 3-1 down. A balanced third was a better performance but GB still went down 4-2 overall. DPR Korea would then go on to win the group and then the gold medal game beating Slovakia gain promotion to Pool B in 2001.

18th April 2009, IIHF World Women’s Championship, Division II. DPR Korea 4 – 1 Great Britain

After a fantastic tournament GB had a shot at the Silver medal in Division II (equivalent to Division 1B now) but GB got off to a nightmare start trailing after just 2:23 from Hyon Mi Ryu. GB’s problems went from bad to worse when they conceded a shorthanded goal in the 12th minute. DPR Korea then closed GB down in the 2nd period, out shooting them 13-5 and scoring with seconds left on the clock. Another goal in the 3rd early made it four and killed off the tie. Katie Henry got a late consolation for GB but the tie was sealed. GB went on to win Bronze medal at this tournament.

10th April 2013, IIHF World Women’s Championship Division I Group B. DPR Korea 3 – 2 Great Britain (AOT)

So close. Great Britain, desperate to stay up produced one of their best performances of the championship, but one ultimately that would sum up their tournament. Beth Kavanagh took the lead for GB and when she added another in the 2nd period, both on the powerplay. GB were in dreamland. Despite conceding in the 2nd, GB were outshooting DPR Korea 29 to 22. The third period came, and DPR Korea stepped on, out shooting GB 9-5 and sent the game into OT where Ryu sealed the tie 1:59 into OT and GB would go on to be relegated.

The Form

DPR Korea LLWW

DPR Korea had a nightmare start but now have two wins in a row.

Korea 4 – 1 DPR Korea The teams first ever game in World Championship play and their neighbours to the South came out on top in a comfortable win in the end. It was tied 1-1 at the end of the first, but once Korea got going, there was only one winner.

DPR Korea 4 – 9 Poland DPR Korea suffered one of their biggest defeats in years from a resurgent Polish side which scored for fun and won all three periods (3-2, 2-1, 4-1).  DPR Korea went 2-1 up in the first but Poland scored two PP goals off consecutive powerplays to make it 3-2 and they didn’t look back from there.

DPR Korea 8 – 2 Croatia Croatia shocked even themselves when they found themselves 2-0 up after 3 minutes after an awful start for DPR Korea. However it was 2-2 by the end of the first and DPR Korea went on to win easily. Outshooting the relegated Croatia 54-15, it was a simple three points.

Slovenia 1 – 8 DPR Korea Slovenia went into this game with hopes of an upset, but DPR Korea produced their best game of the tournament. 1-0 up with in five minutes where DPR Korea had already put 12 shots on the board, they’d go onto outshoot their opponents 59-8 scoring eight times and looking completely in charge.

Great Britain WLWW

Great Britain 19 – 1 Croatia – GB 7-1 up after the first period, quiet second period sees only four goals, before GB score eight in the third to equal their third highest goals in a game. Allen gets four goals, Herbert, Henry hat-tricks. 50pts given out in the game overall.

Great Britain 0 – 1 Korea – Scoreless first period, Korea take the lead early in the 2nd by Hye In Ko. GB have six powerplays after that, but can’t find a way through and Korea’s netminder So Jung Shing completes a 21 shot shutout.

Great Britain 6 – 0 Slovenia – GB off to a flyer from Leanne Ganney just 30 seconds in. A fairly well-matched first period until the last few minutes when GB scored two quick goals to make it comfortable at 3-0. Two more in the second, one in the third, GB made to work for it but GB seal three important points.

Poland 1 – 2 Great Britain – A cracker of a game, GB we’re 1-0 down after just 94 seconds from a Frackowiak goal for Poland and outshot 13-8 in the first but GB came back strongly with Chrissy Newman winning a goalmouth scramble before a beautiful slapshot from Louise Adams gave GB the lead. GB pushed and pushed for the third goal they needed to be in pole position for Gold, but it just didn’t come.

Three to watch out for

Jong Hui Choe – Pacey and experienced winger, she’s averaging 2pts a game at these championships with 4+4 so far.

Hyang Mi Kim – Scored a hat-trick last night, positionally very strong and works very hard to get herself in the right positions

Han Song Hui – Also scored four goals this tournament, another player with a large amount of experience within the team.

482 Days Keys to a GB Victory

Get on the goalie – and fast: DPR Korea’s NM So Jong Sim has a save percentage of just 82.61% in this tournament, a GAA of 4.00 and has shipped 16 goals so far. Compared to Nicole Jackson who GB will surely start today after saving 30 out of 31 shots against Poland

Keep it smart, but keep it physical DPR Korea have looked at their most rattled in this tournament when sides have played a physical game against them, one of the reasons why they shipped 9 against Poland. GB will want a similar attitude.

Make sure GB’s powerplay is firing on all cylinders – DPR Korea have a frankly awful PK %age of 66.67% shipping 7 goals on 21 powerplays. They’ve taken about as many minor penalties as GB this tournament (DPR Korea 24, GB 26) so we should see GB have a number of PP chances and it’s important that they take them.

482Days will have live twitter from all three games today including the big tie between DPR Korea and GB at 3:30 BST. Follow us @482days

April 8th, 2016 by