Category: GB Women 2016

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

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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

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April 7th, 2016 by Richard

Photo Credit: Drago Cvetanovic

Another busy day at the Women’s World Championships in Bled and to end it we’ll take a look at the five things we learned today. And before we start… how wasn’t that called a penalty for throwing the stick?

A goalkeeper on form changes everything

Winning by two goals was always going to be tough but when GB went a goal down early, it was going to be very difficult to score three and they came so close to doing so. Nicole Jackson won the game through a wonderful performance taking 30 out of 31 shots and her superb form can’t be underestimated.

On the other side they faced Martyna Sass who is having a superb tournament herself. Getting past that level of goalie who is on form is a very difficult challenge but one that GB are going to have to work at hard to progress to the next level.

Mini-groups suck

They do if you win the tournament on them, they do if you don’t because you feel as if you haven’t really earned it. While the three point system for International Ice Hockey Tournament play was supposed to make tournaments less likely to be resolved by mini-groups in short all it’s done is made things more complicated.

What’s the solution? There’s plenty of ways, but it seems to us that back in the day we used to run eight team tournaments that gave three group games, then two playoff. It’s got to be fairer and better than this mess which satisfies nobody. Sure it would take another two days to complete the tournament, but it would be a better tournament.

Korea can dominate their opponents, without looking very dangerous

We saw this against Poland on Tuesday but this point was proven today against Croatia. Korea put 58 shots on the Croatian net but they while dominated every statistical category, they just didn’t look like scoring for long periods of the game against a team that is struggling at the foot of the table.

We expect Korea to improve for next seasons World Championship, but they are going to have to really improve in this category or they’ll just be shut down against higher quality opponents.

DPR Korea are a middle of the road Division 2A nation now

Having been at the level above for such a long time they have a lot of experience of knowing what it takes to survive and win medals in Division 1B, however for now at least, that time is over. They look like a side which needs more players to bolster an aging squad (the youngest player in the squad being 20 is practically unheard of in women’s hockey) and to freshen it up.

They look a long way from the side that pipped GB to Bronze in 2008 in Division II. But the also don’t look a million miles from being a good team again. All the basics are there, but they need a lot of work.

Someone needs to be buy Grzegorz Klich (Poland’s Head Coach) a calculator

And a copy of the IIHF Sport Regulations. Pulling your keeper at 2-1 when your opposition needs two goals to win? That could of been one of the most embarrassing ways to lose a Gold Medal ever.

Posted in GB Women 2016

April 7th, 2016 by Richard

Photo Credit: Drago Cvetanovic

FINAL Slovenia (1-3) 1 – 8 DPR Korea (2-2)

Story of the Game:

Slovenia come out strong but DPR hit back on the break: Slovenia, clearly trying to copy Croatia’s start to the game yesterday came out with a superb start but weren’t able to convert anything. DPR Korea then hit them back with a goal from Song Hui Ryo.

More pressure from DPR Korea: The pressure was really placed in one location: towards the Slovenian net. Two or three big DPR Korean chances but unable to beat Confidenti in the Slovenian net. Her positioning was off for the first goal, but not for the rest of the period.

Slovenia go close with a couple of chances: Pia Pren has two chances including a chance at the near post denied by a top defensive move.

But DPR Korea end the period with a goal: From Hyang Mi Kim with a looping shot over the shoulder of Confidenti who was a little bit unlucky. Still they all count.

Jung Hui Choe: Made it 3-0 with a dribbler, and it only managed to get a few inches over the line. Still they all count. Slovenia then went on the PK after Patricija Beribak took a tripping penalty and to make it worse…

DPR Korea went on a 5 on 3:  And hit the post! Great work from Confidenti to keep the Slovenia in the game before they took another penalty to make it an extended five on three for the visitors but despite a few chances Slovenia kept themselves in the game killing all the penalties to keep it at 3-0.

Erm where did that come from GOAL SLOVENIA! Classic counter attacking hockey from Slovenia who had soaked up the pressure from DPR Korea well for five-six minutes after the penalties. Pia Pren got on the board after a lovely finish..

Normal service resumed just EIGHT seconds later: DPR Korea hit straight off the faceoff from Hyang Mi Kim to make it 4-1. Slovenia just took their eyes of the puck for a second and it was all DPR Korea needed, They’d finish the period at 5-1 up after Choi Sun Won scored from distance with just 30 seconds in the 2nd.

Back in the 3rd: DPR Korea again kept Slovenia to the odd chance on the break but other than that it was an uneventful opening five.

Slovenian penalty trouble means DPR Korea goals: Taking three penalties in four minutes put the DPR Koreans on the two-man advantage and this time they didn’t disappoint with DPR Korea scoring twice on the PP once on the 5 on 3, then on the 5 on 4 to make it 7-1 with those goals coming within a minute of each other.

DPR Korea finish it off in style: Kim Hyang Mi gets her hat-trick goal to win the game for DPR Korea 8-1 a very comfortable win the end.

482 (or less) things we learned: 

  • The shots on goal made this game look like the previous game (Korea vs Croatia) but it was nothing like it.
  • Slovenia’s biggest problem? They are a bit too nice. Need more aggression and physicality.
  • DPR Korea’s defence seems to already been on the plane home to Pyongyang. It’s really been all over the place here.
  • DPR Korea play a lot more physically than their neighbours to the South.
  • We kind of feel that some of the referees need a refresher course in the difference between bodychecking and body contact.
  • The line of Pren-Confidenti-Lepir is very strong and have been unlucky not score more today.

Best team won: By a mile

482 Days Three Stars:

1st Star – Kim Hyang Mi

2nd Star – Sara Confidenti

3rd Star – Won Choi Sun

Posted in GB Women 2016

April 7th, 2016 by Richard

With 11 games now played we can confirm the Permutations for the final day. It’s a bit of a confusing one to tell the truth.

In the box seat are Poland. This is because we currently have a minigroup situation between GB, Poland and Korea. The mini group looks like this (and is currently what is separating the two sides)

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 18.48.53

Our final day fixtures are:

Poland vs Croatia

Great Britain vs DPR Korea

Slovenia vs Korea

If Poland, Korea and Great Britain all win in regulation tomorrow then this is how the group will be decided. Poland will win Gold due to superior Goals Scored with in the mini group. This means that Korea and Great Britain are left and as Korea won 1-0 in the game between the two nations Korea will take Silver and Great Britain will take Bronze.

Great Britain are still in with a shout because they hold the tiebreaker over Poland. Therefore if it’s just GB and Poland tied on points then GB would take it. The most likely way this could happen is if Poland beat Croatia and GB beat DPR Korea both in regulation time, while Korea fail to win (or win in Overtime) against Slovenia. In that case Great Britain would win gold, Poland take Silver and Korea would take Bronze. 

 

Posted in GB Women 2016

April 7th, 2016 by Richard

Photo Credit: Drago Cvetanovic

FINAL Croatia (0-4) 0 – 2 Korea (3-1)

Story of the Game:

Early Korean Pressure: As expected Korea had all of the early pressure in the game and put 13 shots on goal in the first five minutes. A Croatian penalty didn’t help matters after a tripping penalty was called, however Korea had a goal disallowed because of a penalty to Soo Jin Han for Roughing the goalie.

Shorthanded goal for Korea: And to show the gulf in class between the sides, Korea had their shorthanded unit in the attacking zone for a full minute before Jongah Park finally put it away.

Croatia stand up tall: It was a very tough period for Croatia but somewhow they stood up tall to the Korean forwards. Despite conceding another late in the period on a 4 on 3 powerplay for Korea, Lana Belic saved 24 out of 26 shots in the first period.

More of the same in the 2nd:  Korea continued to dominate the game in all facets. Croatia were holding strong for a long time but then..

Three in a minute for Korea: Soo Jin Han, Jongah Park and Su Sie Jo scored three goalsl in 53 seconds to kill off the tie. Timeout Croatia

But that was it: And other than a few penalties, there’s was very little that actually happened in the remainder of the period. Croatia’s long march to relegation went on.

Croatia got the first shot of the 3rd period! Didn’t see it, still in the bar.

Goal Korea then penalties: Unlucky this for Croatia, looping shot that just dipped under the bar from Mi Hwan Cho. A few penalties after, but the pace of this game had evaporated by this point.

Korea seal the win: Outshoot Croatia 58 to 7. Ouch.

482 (or less) things we learned: 

  • Korea have still struggled to score. Two goals off 30 first period shots isn’t really good enough at any level.
  • And while Korea have got great speed and passing, they need to build up their strength for harder shots and work on placing them in the corners.
  • This is level is a bit too much for Croatia at the moment. They will need to rebuild in Division 2B next season and will be the better for it.
  • Lana Belic in the Croatian net has done her team proud today. 89.66% save percentage highly creditable.

Best team won: No doubt.

482 Days Three Stars:

1 – Hye In Ko

2 – Jongah Park

3 – Lana Belic

Posted in 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

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April 7th, 2016 by Richard

Just a few hours now until GB hit the ice in their pivotal game vs Poland, but there are also two other games taking place today and 482Days takes a quick look at them.

12:00 BST/13:00 CEST Poland (3-0) vs Great Britain (2-1)

Yesterday we published our big match preview so check it all for an in depth look at today’s crucial game.

There’s not much more we can add that we didn’t say yesterday except for us here at 482Days, we’d much rather not have the first change if we can play in Blue. GB always look so much better in blue.

15:30 BST/16:30 CEST Croatia (0-3) vs Korea (2-1) 

It’s judgement day for Croatia who must get something out of the game tonight or they will relegated to the lower half of Division II. Korea now know that their Gold medal hunt is over but need two wins to try and give them the best chance of Silver or Bronze in the tournament.

It’s going to be a tough ask for Croatia who have struggled with the pace of the tournament which has clearly improved since last years tournament in Dumfries. As for Korea it’s a game of motivation now after a tough loss on Tuesday they’ll be looking to bounce back with a morale boosting win today.

It’s difficult to see past a Korea win by a lot today but Korea will be eager to avoid the mistake that DPR Korea made to Croatia in allowing two quick goals to go in.

19:00 BST/20:00 CEST Slovenia (1-2) vs DPR Korea (1-2) 

In a game between two sides of identical records there’s some thought that today could see an upset. Technically this is a game between bottom seed Slovenia and top seeded DPR Korea but in reality, the seedings went out of the window days ago. DPR Korea were rocked by a poor start against Croatia but game back to win it comfortably but should the same happen tonight, then it may be a completely different game.

DPR Korea have had little go their way in this tournament and will need to come out of the blocks strongly to avoid a slipup. As for Slovenia, they battled hard against GB on Tuesday night in a 6-0 defeat and goalscoring is going to be their biggest issue today.

482Days will be live tweeting from all three games today. Check out our twitter @482days

 

 

 

Posted in GB Women 2016