Great Britain ice hockey side suffers late reverse

A winner 11 seconds from the end of overtime gave Poland a 4-3 victory over Great Britain at the National Ice Centre on Saturday.

Sunday, 10th April 2016, 8:37 am
GB in Nottingham

It was the first of two international games between the two sides this weekend and they will meet again at the Skydome Arena in Coventry (Sunday) at 5:15pm.

A crowd of 4,000 saw had seen GB battle back to tie the game two minutes from time to set up the extra period at the NIC.

Poland success

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Poland went ahead at 9:39 as Grzegorz Pasiut shot low past Swinton's Ben Bowns for a first-period lead.

GB made the perfect response after the first intermission when Craig Peacock fired glove side past Rafal Radziszewski (21:43).

Jonathan Weaver's strike from the bluleline (powerplay) at 39:39 gave GB a 2-1 lead after two periods.

Two powerplay goals in three minutes late on swung the game Poland's way, as first Krystian Dziubinski fired in off the crossbar (54:26) and then Pawel Dronia's deflected shot from the blueline deceived Bowns (57:26).

Great Britain

But Robert Farmer broke clear 17 seconds later to send the game to overtime (57:43).

Mateusz Bepierszcz found space in front to fire past Bowns to win the game at 64:49.

GB coach, Pete Russell, said: "It was a good test against a good team.

"They were tested and bent in the second period, but didn't break.

Poland success

"I was pleased with the defensive effort, especially as we limited Poland's high-percentage scoring chances.

"There were good showings all over the ice and in particular I thought the Garside, Phillips and Haywood unit looked good.

"Tomorrow we will look at the rest of the players in the squad, apart from Matthew Myers who is recovering from a virus."

GB against Poland faces-off at 5:15pm tomorrow and limited tickets are available here http://iceaccount.co.uk/events/tickets_select?embed=1&client_id=7

Great Britain

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GB scoring

Peacock & Weaver 1+1, Farmer 1, Lachowicz & O’Connor +1

GB netminding

Ben Bowns - 39 shots, 35 saves

Shots on goal

First period - GB 5, Poland 8

Second period - GB 11, Poland 13

Third period - GB 6, Poland 16

Overtime - GB 3, Poland 2

Total - GB 25, Poland 39