Category: GB Teams

April 8th, 2016 by Nancy Carpenter

Photo Credit: Drago Cvetanovic

FINAL Korea (4-1)  –  Slovenia (1-4)

Story of the Game: 

Korea off to a quick start: Korea got off the mark within the 5 minutes mark in this game (their quickest goal in the tournament) when Han Soo Jin slotted home a pass across the front of goal from Park Jongah. GB hopes for gold, which were hanging by a pretty slim thread already, were put onto an even rockier footing.

Then it’s 2-0: And it was a lovely finish too as Choi Jiyeun sends a perfectly placed wrist-shot from the face-off dot to slide through a very small gap between keeper and post. GB hopes pretty much dead at this point. Korea outshot Slovenia 18-2 in total over the period.

Just one goal in the second: but that was enough to really put the game to bed.  After another spell of intense pressure on the Slovenian net, Park Chaelin bangs the puck in at the back door.

Slovenia not giving up: They kept pushing and the line of Pren, Confidenti and Dukaric did look threatening but they were constantly closed down in the neutral zone or high in Korea’s zone by incredibly aggressive forechecking. It wasn’t that they didn’t have attacks, it was just that they couldn’t get shots away or the pressure from the Korean defence made them off-target.

Another superb Slovenian NM performance this one from 20 year old Ines Confidenti who simply shuts the door in the third, despite having 24 shots on her in the final period. Overall she saved 53/56 shots in the game (94.6%).

Korea win the game 3-0: It’s enough for them to secure Silver, give Poland the Gold and leave GB in this division for another year.

482 (or less) things we saw:

  • Korea’s shooting – we’ve said it before but it’s not hard enough or accurate enough. They get lots of shots on net but too many are at the body of the keeper and not hard enough to give up big rebounds. They have to work on harder shots or at on least placing them into the edges of the goals. If their slight frame means that harder shots are not going to happen then they need to really work on accuracy and speed of release to make up for this.
  • Korea’s work-rate in their defensive zone is unbelievable. The second the opposing team cross the line (and often before)there are two players instantly on the puck carrier. This is why as a team they have the lowest shots against them in the tournament by a very long way (83, compared to 120 from next lowest DPR Korea, GB for comparison allowed 131 and winners Poland 135)
  • Slovenia are really not that far away from competing well at this level. They have two young (15 and 20) but strong netminders who will only improve at that age and a couple of very strong forwards (Pren and Confidenti) who are still young (24 and 18 respectively), they just need a few more players of this quality to start making an impact.

Best team won?: Yep. Korea are the real deal when it comes to passing and skating – when their shots start to match that they will be formidable.

482 Days Three Stars:

1st Star – Ines Confidenti

2nd Star – Choi Jiyeun

3rd Star – Park Jongah

Posted in GB Teams, GB Women 2016

April 8th, 2016 by Richard

Photo Credit: Drago Cvetanovic

FINAL DPR Korea (2-3) 0 – 7 Great Britain (4-1)

Story of the Game: 

Edgy opening: Neither side particularly got off to a flyer in what was an edgy, tense opening to the game. GB took a penalty from Sophie Herbert who also had the best opening chance for GB and that PP was easily killed of.

Out of nowhere, Ganney! With the game spluttering, GB’s skipper Leanne Ganney clearly grew tired of the 0-0 tie. Winning a race on the right wing, she engineered her own breakaway and shot the puck past So Jong Sim in the DPR Korean net who’s problems continued.

DPR Korea look dangerous: A few chances, including one two on one which was well killed by GB continued to give DPR Korea their lead on shots on goal. Couldn’t break through Jackson though.

2-0 GB! And no less than GB deserve. After an edgy start they’ve shown superb attacking movement and are taking the game to DPR Korea. Georgina Farman got the puck on the right wing, shot and tipped in front from Ganney for a brace.

Time!: And it ended 2-0 to GB end of the first. DPR Korea putting a lot of pressure on the GB players, Jackson looked in fine form.

GB close the door: DPR managed to get only three shots from distance on Jackson in the first 10 minutes of the second period, frustrating them at every turn. They restricted themselves to counter attacking chances…

HAT TRICK GANNEY! And Ganney wins another foot race to get there in time! Ganney has made this DPR Korean defence look utterly pedestrian and that’s the second time in the game that she personally had scored on the breakaway herself. Superb from the GB captain.

Comedy defending, GB go 4-0 up!: DPR Korea looking for a penalty call, think they have it, Goalkeeper comes out of her net and Saffron Allen thinks, i’ll have me a piece of this! 4-0! Bizarre.

GB pick up where they left off, 5-0! Kathryn Marsden picks up a goal well assisted by CJ Ashton and Sophie Herbert. GB somehow being outshot, but firmly in control. And then another! CJ Ashton scores herself to make it 6-0.

DPR Korea switch keepers, GB get back to back powerplays: GB control the game well and finally take control on shots on goal. Three PP’s in a row can’t be converted, but GB won’t care about that.

Aggro!: A pile up at the DPR Korean net sees the DPR lose their discipline and start at Great Britain. One from either side, Saffron Allen gets the GB penalty for Roughing.

A player gets injured for DPR Korea and they then play one short for no apparent reason: This is odd. Still..

Durnell on the board!:  Shot from Durnell from the right hand side, DPR Korea then demand their player in the box comes back onto the ice, despite the fact it was on a coincidental penalty and 5 on 5!. Oh and then the referee gives the goal to Sam Bolwell! We’re not sure what is going on anymore.

GB win 7-0!: What a win!

482 (or less) things we saw:

  • DPR Korea’s passing was practically non-existant in the first period.
  • Lots of genuine attacking intent from GB. We like a lot. When GB having this type of free flowing attacking hockey, it really suits them.
  • Leanne Ganney – utterly magnificent performance, leading from the top to secure GB’s first every win over DPR Korea
  • GB’s defence so strong today, completely killed off DPR Korea’s chances to get back in the game.
  • DPR Korea’s defence, which was poor against Slovenia the previous night and here collapsed to cataclysmic levels
  • We saw 482Days blatantly plagerise that headline from the Scottish Sun. Apologies guys.

Best team won?: You’d better believe it. GB better in every department.

482 Days Three Stars:

1st Star – Leanne Ganney

2nd Star – Nicole Jackson

3rd Star – Chrissy Newman

Posted in GB Teams, GB Women 2016

April 8th, 2016 by Richard

Photo Credit: Drago Cvetanovic

FINAL Poland (4-1) 16 – 0 Croatia (0-5)

Story of the Game: 

Poland start with a shortie: On the way to a likely gold medal Poland wanted to get off to good start, but took an early tripping penalty. Nonetheless, Katarzyna Frackowiak scored shorthanded to get the Poles off the mark.

One way traffic: Goals from Karolina Poszniewska and Sylwia Laskawaska made it two, then three-nil with Poland getting 16 shots on goal in the opening 10 minutes.

Wave after wave after wave:  Of Poland attacks making it 6-0 by the end of the period. Croatia simply unable to cope with the pace of Poland and the relegated side continue to struggle.

Same old, same old: Goals seven, eight and nine popped in with Croatia not able to offer any real resistance. Poland look like they are trying to go better than GB’s 19.

Ten, Eleven, Twelve: for Poland.

Two penalties killed for Croatia!: Something positive for the Croatians at last in that they killed off two successive penalties.

Croatia keep it tight for the first 10 minutes of the 3rd: No goals conceeded and even a few shots on goal. But it didn’t take long for Poland to get back into the game with a 13th goal shortly after.

More goals to end the game: In the end, You can’t fault Croatias work ethic but this was just a mismatch. Not fun to watch.

482 (or less) things we saw:

  • Lots of goals. We hate this type of mis-match but that’s international hockey for you.
  • Poland have been very good at picking up the rebound. Three-quarters of their goals came off it.

Best team won? For sure.

482Days three stars:

1st Star – Karolina Pozniewska

2nd Star – Ewelina Czarnecka

3rd Star – Sylwia Laskawska

Posted in GB Teams, GB Women 2016

April 8th, 2016 by Richard

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

Posted in GB Teams, GB Women 2016

April 7th, 2016 by Richard

Photo Credit: Drago Cvetanovic

FINAL: Poland (3-1) 1 – 2 Great Britain (3-1)

Story of the Game:

Shocker for GB: Just 94 seconds into the game and Katarzyna Frackowiak put a shot through on the net which Nicole Jackson was able to get most of but just dribbled over the line to put Poland one-nil early and make the task of winning by two a lot harder. GB would go onto get an early penalty from Sophie Herbert for Cross-Checking, all in all, a first five to forget for GB.

First chances, GB fight back: Leanne Ganney flicks one on at the net and it’s saved, but it’s during a good passage of play that sees multiple shots on goal for GB but unable to convert. GB outshot Poland 4-3 in this area and looked good and attacking.

But Poland controlled the first period overall: Poland out shot GB 12-8 but more than that, had two or three more real scoring opportunities than the goal, passed better and had more of the overall play. GB went into the locker room knowing that had a lot they needed to do.

Into the 2nd: and great chance Kathryn Marsden! In front of net after a pass from behind the net but didn’t manage to hit the target. A spell of four on four happened afterwards with both sides able to kill off the penalties.

Crash-bang-wallop!: GB ON THE BOARD! Was it pretty? No, but no one in the arena cares after a superb hardworking goal from Chrissy Newman who poked the puck up after hard work from Louise Durnell for fighting to get the puck in the slot.

GB chance after chance, then penalty trouble Poland: GB dominate the latter half of the period with Poland struggling to keep up with the pace after a large amount of chances for GB. Poland then took two penalties in short succession. Could GB score on the Powerplay? Well….

TURN AROUND AND PICK THAT OUT THE NET! Oh yes yes yes! Louise Adams take a bow! Slapshot from the just inside from the point, into the top right hand corner of the net and it rebounds off the net so hard it ends up back in the slot! Outstanding shot, keeper was well screened and had no chance at all.

Poland off to a flyer in the third: Poland came out of the changing room flying and GB Head Coach Cheryl Smith wasted no time in calling her timeout. Felt it was the right decision as GB needed to get back in the game as they still needed to score again.

GB penalty issues: GB had two penalties in five minutes at times that they really needed to go on the attack. Penalty kill was far more attacking than we’d seen at previous points in the game…

GB win… but not by enough: An incredible end to the game. Poland pull the netminder, but GB cannot force the empty net goal. and it’s 2-1 GB>

482 (or less) things we saw:

  • Sarah Hutchinson getting a penalty for having a player fall over her (stationery) stick.
  • An utter transformation of GB between periods one and two, it was like watching a different team
  • Poland’s strategy for hockey seems to be very straight, either setting it up directly in front of goal or from behind it, they are at the most comfortably when in the slot.
  • Fantastic atmosphere, it wasn’t a big crowd, but it was passionate from both supporters.
  • For us, Poland’s players went over a little bit too easily.
  • Finally, a fantastic game all around. Great advert for the women’s game.

Best Team Won? GB worked so hard in a competitive match. Both teams had their chances but GB earned these 3pts for sure.

482Days Three Stars: 

1 – Louise Adams

2 – Katarazyna Frackowiak

3 – Nicole Jackson

Posted in GB Teams, GB Women 2016

April 6th, 2016 by Richard

Photo Credit: Drago Cvetanovic

Ahead of the crunch tie against Poland tomorrow. 482Days met with the GB coaching staff

Congratulations on the win last night, what are your thoughts on the team’s performance?

JA: We stayed disciplined, every knows we lost the game two days before against Korea. It wasn’t really a game about getting goals, it was about setting up play. In the Korea game we didn’t get enough shots off on goal, so it was important against Slovenia to put far more shots on the net.

Getting a shut-out is always a great feeling for a team, especially when it includes killing off a major penalty. How important is it for you not just to win, but to win convincingly like this?

MS: It was about the team performance, it was about doing the basics right. Getting a shut out  wasn’t the most important thing. We stuck to the set plays and it was about being far more disciplined and far better than before and we showed that when we killed off the five minute penalty. It was far more than just about getting a shutout.

JA: That was our Gold Medal game, in that if we had lost it, we were out of the running. Every game onwards from now on is. After the end of the first we realised that we had to step it up now and we did.

In the first period, it seemed to us that you got off to a great start but then seemed to lose concentration a little until the end of the period when you cam back with the two quick goals, was that how it felt on the bench?

MS: No not at all, it wasn’t anything other than us asking to stick to specifics. We said in the dressing room it was a 60 minutes game, can’t win it in the first 20 minutes, but we can lose it.

Sometimes it’s important to get confidence back in the team especially losing in the previous game. That was the aim, we asked the team to be patient, we asked them not to take unnecessary risks and most importantly they did what they were asked to do for full 60 minutes.

The atmosphere at last night’s game was pretty incredible, especially given that it wasn’t a huge crowd. Does that kind of atmosphere help or hinder the team?

MS: It truth it makes it harder for the players on the ice but they are professionals.

JA : We’ve talked about this with the team in that the only way we’re going to step up is to be professional. Just because they don’t play in a professional league back home, they have to show professionalism. So if it’s air horns, sirens, they have to not let them bother them.

Tomorrow you play Poland and there is a fairly clear mandate for what the team needs to achieve in order to keep yourselves in the chase for the gold medal. Have you been changing anything about how you prepare for this specific game?

MS: Yes, i think each teams plays differently and we’re worked on key things today in practise about playing this side. It’s about dictating the game to Poland making them the ones that have to adapt to us, not the other way around.

Obviously, you watched the game between Poland and Korea. Poland seem to enjoy playing a physical and quite aggressive style of play – how do you think our girls stack up against that?

MS: It should be a very good match. We like to play aggressive hockey, we like to play hard and fast and we’ve said that from day 1. You can’t win tournaments at this level without this type of play. It’s something that suits us and we enjoy it.

Special teams are again playing a big part in the tournament. How much time have you been putting in to working on specific PP and PK drills?

MS: PK we have good foundations there, that’s something that we’ve built on constantly. PP has been different o this season, we’ve worked hard on it.

JA: We spent an hour and a half off ice training session specifically working on PP prior to the Slovenia game and that paid off in the game with sometime of the things we had practised coming off in the game.

Going back to the game against Korea on Sunday, what were your thoughts on that game? What positives can you take out of that game?

JA: Take away a goal, it was pretty much equal. That programme (Korea) is massively funded heading towards the Olympics. We had the belief and competed to the final buzzer despite going a goal down.

Nicole Jackson is clearly in fantastic form in this tournament. When you are coaching a player in such good form, what is it you look to do?

GW: Carry on doing whatever is working for Nicole Jackson and for the team. She’s on a hot streak at the moment and we just need to give her the support she needs.

JA: She’s a professional and she has her way of working and her routine and we just support that

GW: We’re also fortunate to have Sam Bolwell, who also is in good form at the moment. We have two very solid goalies.

The defence have probably seen a higher proportion of changes than the forward line-up, but seems to have remained consistently solid again this year, how have you handled those changes in the squad?

MS: The defensive line up this year based around being more offensive minded. Previous years we’ve had stay at home defence and while it’s held up the blue line, it’s not got us over the line to win games. So this year we looked at alternatives and thought that we’re good offensively so lets try and mix it up in the defence. We’re still very solid as we’ve got defensive and offensive in both pairings that are clicking. They aren’t afraid to step in to pinch. We’ve got some very good skaters and some very smart hockey players.

We have a few foreign-based players who have been brought in to the squad again tis year. How difficult is it to transition in these players when they are not available to attend all the training camps in the run up to the championships.

MS: I don’t think it’s difficult at all, it’s about having a very clear system. We have specific breakout plays that we operate and everyone buys into it. Quite simply if you don’t, then there’s no place in this team. Everyone is studying what we’re working on, they are learning as lines and also working off-ice as well going through the playoff.

We’ve been speaking to the overseas players all year and the key message is that this how we are operating it and require this level of commitment, including those playing putting in work wherever they are based and all of them have.

How’s the mood in the GB camp at the moment?

MS: Very good, very good spirits are very high and that’s where we need them to be.

Posted in GB Teams, GB Women 2016

April 6th, 2016 by Richard

Poland vs Great Britain, Thursday 7th April, 13:00 CEST/12:00 BST, Sports Hall Bled. 

There’s no doubt that GB have played their get out of jail card. On Tuesday morning, GB’s destiny was out of their own hands and firmly dependant on Poland doing GB a favour. International Hockey can be brutal at times, one defeat early in the tournament and your entire year’s plans are thrown out of the window in an heartbeat.

But GB got that favour from Poland and now know that win or lose tomorrow, it’s in GB’s hands either way and tomorrow Great Britain will take on Poland for only the third time in the modern era. With the series tied between the nations at one win each, it’s a pivotal deciding game in more ways than one.

GB will need to win by two goals or more in order to give them chance to play for the Gold Medal on Friday realistically.

482Days takes a look at the key aspects of the game including a history lesson, looking at how GB and Poland have got to this point, key players to watch and 482 (or perhaps a lot less) Keys to a GB Victory.

The History

Great Britain and Poland have only met on two occasions previously with the Poland women’s team only a very recent addition to the family of Women’s hockey nations.

Wednesday 9th April 2014, IIHF World Women’s Championship Division IIA, Great Britain 1 – 4 Poland

It was all looking so good when Katherine Gale put GB 1-0 up after just 98 seconds. Poland would rally and do so quickly, with three goals one each for their first line forwards, Karolina Pozniewska, Agnieszka Pioro and Magdalena Czaplik. Despite 13 minutes of time on the powerplay, and forty shots on goal GB wouldn’t score again and a late goal by Pozniewska sealed the tie.

Saturday 4th April 2015, IIHF World Women’s Championship Division IIA, Poland 0 – 4 Great Britain

Payback. Great Britain produced one of their best performances in the championship in front of a home crowd of 723 in the Dumfries Ice Bowl. GB’s powerplay fired early when Jodie-Leigh Bloom got GB off the mark. Poland piled the pressure on the GB net in the 2nd period outshooting GB 16–9, but with Nicole Jackson in superb form she was unbeatable. GB added a 2nd half way through the third from Gale, and when Leanne Ganney made it three with five minutes to go GB had sealed a famous victory. Saffron Allen made it four with 30 seconds left and Jackson completed a 30 shot shutout.

The Form

Poland WWW

Poland come into this game with a perfect record in the championships so far.

Slovenia 2 – 9 Poland, Saturday – Poland go 4-0 up in the first, outshoot Slovenia 20-5 in first period alone. 9-2 at the end of the 2nd with Captain Katarzyna Frackowiak getting a hattrick. No more scoring in third.

DPR Korea 4 – 9 Poland – Big first period sees DPR Korea lead twice, before Poland take the lead 3-2 by the end of it. Poland win the 2nd period 2-1 to make it 5-3 overall, pull away in the third to win 9-4

Korea 1 – 2 Poland – Korea dominate the game early, outshooting Poland in the first two periods but for no scoring. Frackowiak scores early in the period, then gets a late controversial goal to seal the tie. Conceed late on but seal both points.

Great Britain WLW

Great Britain currently stand at two wins and a loss.

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. After well matched first, GB score two quick goals at the end of the 1st to make it comfortable at three. Two more in the second, one in the third, GB made to work for it but GB seal three important points.

Three to Watch out for

There’s without a doubt some talented players on the Poland bench. There’s three in particular that GB will have to handle tomorrow:

17 – Katarzyna Frackowiak –  Lethal in front of net, Frackowiak havs 6+1 including both goals against Korea, their pivotal game so far. Great at getting into difficult to defend positions and precise shooting although she did struggle on her breakaway chances. Poland’s top goalscorer and for a good reason, she needs to be closed down or she’ll get on the scoresheet.

7 – Karolina Pozniewska – Fast, two-way player, very skillful on the puck. Strong, aggressive player who backs up her physical play with a fast hands and an eye for goal. She’s a very talented player and GB will need to take her on at her own game.

1 – Martyna Sass – Butterfly goalie, who showed an acuteness for rebound control in Poland’s win over Korea. GB will have to make her move in order to beat her. Not unstoppable, as first period against DPR Korea showed, but once she gets going, looked very good indeed.

482 (or less) Keys to a GB Victory

Neutralise Poland’s Powerplay: Poland are currently running with a PP %age of 33%, 6/18, averaging a goal just over 4 minutes over powerplay time. GB have a great penalty killing rate of 14/15 (93%) but they must make sure they maintain that against tough opposition.

Take advantage of Poland’s Penalty Kill: Similar to the first point, but Poland have conceded 4 goals on 15 shorthanded plays, which puts them fourth in the tournament on that. GB”s powerplay hasn’t been firing on all cylinders, but this is a key area where GB can make it count.

Watch out for Shorthanded chances: Poland have already conceded two shorthanded goals while pushing on the powerplay. Clearly Poland are playing an aggressive powerplay which is fine, but with GB’s speed there could be

Make the goalkeeping count: GB’s combined save percentage is 97.33%, nearly five points higher than Poland (92.63%). In addition in GAA, GB have conceded just 0.67 a game, compared to Poland’s 2.33.

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482Days will be publishing a series of articles today from the tournament with interviews with key people! We’ll also have live twitter on Thursday from the key game and other day games.

Posted in GB Teams, GB Women 2016

April 5th, 2016 by Richard

Photo Credit: Drago Cvetanovic

What a day at the World Championships. We wouldn’t of thought it would of been as tense as it was earlier and after a defeat yesterday, GB are back in business. Which brings us nicely to our first thing we learned today….

Great Britain are back in the tournament

There’s no doubt about it. After Sunday’s defeat to Korea where GB were undoubtedly very disappointed indeed, they have been given a get out of jail free card and it sets up winner-takes-all tie against Poland on Thursday lunchtime.

They were put under a lot of pressure by Slovenia especially in the first period and when things weren’t exactly going brilliantly for GB in the 2nd period, however in the end they pulled off a good performance. They’ll have to step up for Thursday, but GB have it in their own hands which is the most important thing.

The Polish are physical, aggressive can be unflappable

In a lot of ways, Poland and Great Britain are quick alike at this tournament. Both physical and strong and enjoy playing that side of the game as well. They’ve also got great passing and both know where the net is.

But the key attribute that Poland displayed today was mental toughness. We’ve seen a lot of teams over the years subjected the type of pressure that Korea put on them especially in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd period, but they steadfastly refused to crack. This was impressive and if GB think they will be able to simply pressure their way to a win, they may as well hand the Gold Medal to Poland now.

Korea need to work on their mental strength

For long parts of the game, Korea looked truly superb. Forechecking and backchecking as good as we’ve ever seen at this level of women’s hockey and looked truly fierce. But the goal rocked them and almost immediately their shape began to deteriorate which hurt them. While here at 482Days we think it was a poor decision from the referee to allow Poland’s second goal, Korea should of played to the whistle and protected their netminder better, which they didn’t.

They’ve still got time, but this is a key aspect of their game that they will need to improve upon ahead of the Winter Olympics where they will be up against higher quality opposition than at this tournament.

DPR have to be ready to play from the first puck drop in future

For a first seeded team to be two goals down in three minutes isn’t acceptable and DPR Korea will know that. They’ll have to start quicker in their final two games. With their next game against Slovenia, a similar start could be a tougher test and that would be a far more difficult position to get them out of.

Slovenia are on their way back and looking to develop

We said it in our team preview that we felt that Slovenia were a side on the way back. It may sound strange to say this after the scoreline tonight, but we do feel that there are genuine signs of life within the programme. The passing was good, as was the skating and in some areas they have some real quality. Icing a 15 year old Goalkeeper in Pia Dukaric against GB was a huge for them, it’s a great stage to make your debut and she’ll of learnt a ton and is already a good talent with plenty of time to learn.

We know that they also need to work on a lot, but for us, there’s green shoots coming up in the Slovenian programme for sure. They just need to keep at it.

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April 5th, 2016 by Richard

We know there’s people asking what GB need to do. So ahead of the crunch clash on Thursday, we’ve put together this (very) short piece. We’ll have full permutations on where the medals are going at the end of Thursday (or earlier depending on how the games go)

In short: GB need to beat Poland by two goals or more

In long: If GB beat Poland by two goals or more on Thursday then they are in a superb position to claim gold. A two or more goal win would a) give GB the tie-breaker on a head to head and b) secure any three way mini-group between Great Britain, Poland and Korea.

While a one goal win would give GB the head to head over Poland, it would probably create a mini group assuming that Korea beat Croatia and Slovenia. In that group, Poland win gold, GB could take silver if they score at least three.

Mathematics available on request. Tweet us (@482days) if you want them.

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April 5th, 2016 by Richard

Photo Credit: Drago Cvetanovic

FINAL: Great Britain (2-1) 6 – 0 Slovenia (1-2)

Story of the Game:

30 Seconds: was all it took for GB to get on the board from a beaut of a finish from Leanne Ganney. Set up by Bethany Hill, Ganney took the puck and shot it top left to give GB the shot start they needed. Even did it shorthanded.

Jackson called into action early: Two penalty kills meant that Nicole Jackson had to make some early key saves for GB. Slovenia outshot GB 6-4 in the early stages of the game. This would continue for the next few minutes as Slovenia worked incredibly hard to try and get back into ths game.

Slovenian pressure: Slovenia had all the pressure in the latter stages of the period and while GB would have good one off attacks with the hosts that looked to have the better chances and for a little while, GB looked disjointed. But then again..

Pivotal goal to GBCometh the hour, cometh Sophie Herbert, an experienced head for GB who cooly slotted the puck home after being setup by Lauren Halliwell and Chrissie Newman. And with that GB pushed on with Kim Lane scoring just a minute afterwords to give GB a comfortable three-nil lead into the first break.

Dukaric stands on her head: Two, no make that three key saves for Dukaric who it’s amazing to think is making her full International Debut at just 15 years of age. Now that Slovenia are practically assured staying up, you can see why they have brought her in. Not the finished article, but the potential is there for sure.

Powerplay, powerplay, powerplay!: GB get a long advantage after Slovenia take three minor penalties in less than 30 seconds. Dukaric once again stands on her head as as GB up it to 21 shots in the first 14 minutes of the period. In the end, Louise Adams scores and absolute beaut of a goal from a slapshot on the blueline.

Great finish to the period: GB put 26 shots on the Slovenian net in total in this period and fully deserved a fifth goal from Katie Henry who lifted the puck top left to fully seal the tie for GB, if it wasn’t sealed before.

CJ Ashton: back in the goals! GB started off the period brightly for sure and it didn’t get long to get on the board. After a good looking PP, Ashton scored for GB for the third time this tournament.  She nearly added a few more near the end of the game as well

Great commitment in a won game: Sarah Hutchinson pulled off an inch perfect dive to deny Slovenia’s Pia Pren taking the puck off her a fraction of a second before she was going to shoot.

Game Misconduct, early bath for Durnell: Our twitter called it at the same as a 50/50, where the player bounced off the Durnell into the boards, still, it was a 5+GM call and GB had to defend on the PK for almost the rest of the game.

Penalty killed and Jackson secures the shutout: It was very pleasing to see the five minute major killed off and as well as killing that off Nicole Jackson secured a fantastic 26 shot shutdown. Especially the first period, when Slovenia came and attacked GB from the start she laid the platform for the victory. It looks like she’s GB number 1 for this tournament, and played like it tonight.

482 (or less) things we saw:

  • Slovenia do love a bit of tippy-tappy tic-tac-toe passing. Really effective in front of net as well.
  • Even with a crowd that wasn’t the biggest, a great atmosphere here tonight.
  • GB are almost preparing for their match against Poland with their physical play today. No doubt they are up for this, but GB are sending a message with every shift.
  • Slovenia weren’t prepared to take that physicality however. Very tough game of hockey
  • Sara Confidenti, number 8 for Slovenia, just 18 years of age is another player for Slovenia to watch out for in the future, she’s looked dangerous all night.
  • GB’s third line but in a hard graft tonight, but it really paid off. They can be really proud of their efforts.
  • Chrissy Newman’s experience was key here in setting up the second goal, just when GB were in danger of slipping on the rocks. Key senior experience.

Best Team Won? No doubt here. GB best in all categories.

#refwatch: Debbie Hengst is a good ref, no doubt about it. She loves to call penalties, but it’s same for both sides and that’s all you can ask for.

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