Team Great Britain Day Two
Well, as they say, ‘sometimes she goes and sometimes it doesn’t.’ Unfortunately, today, it didn’t go. Not the way we wanted it to at least. Both the men’s and women’s Great Britain teams played some stellar games of hockey, but both came up short and missed out on a couple more wins. Still, the men’s and women’s teams showed some incredible hustle, and if things keep progressing the way they have been, we’ll have some wins under our belt before too long.
Great Britain Men’s Team Vs. Team Russia
The first game of the day was in the men’s division. This also happened to be the first game that the men’s Great Britain team played in the tournament. It was a rough one, and by that we mean: intense, fast-paced, and unpredictable. At no point did we expect this game to go the way it did, especially with the way the goalie, Bryan Blancher, was playing. He was making some incredible saves and it didn’t look like anything was going to make it past him. Team Great Britain did a tremendous job of keeping possession of the ball, but with ten minutes left in the first period, Bryan McGahey took a penalty which gave Russia the ability to score.
The score would stay at 1-0 for the remainder of the first period and the majority of the second. Again, Team Great Britain had the ball in Russia’s end zone consistently, but Team Russia’s goalie was on his game today, and not much was getting past him. As the second period went on, Russia racked up a couple penalties, one of which Derek Hann was able to capitalize on with a nice set up from Gordy Clemas and Cory Wick to tie up the game.
Period three played out much the same way one and two did. The ball was firmly planted in Russia’s end but even on a few power plays, the boys just couldn’t seem to get a goal in. That said, they weren’t letting anything in themselves either. The score remained at a stalemate for the remainder of the third period, forcing a shootout.
We want to make sure we’re absolutely clear when we say that you could cut the tension with a knife during this shootout. Each time a shot would bounce off a goalie’s pads, it was like a dagger to the heart. Eventually, after five rounds of shooters, Team Russia got one past Blancher, and the game was theirs with a final score of 2-1.
The men’s Czech Republic team also took on Team Slovakia today and won with a final score of 6-2, after which Slovakia took on Team Canada which ended in a final score of 8-0 in Canada’s favour. The next men’s Great Britain game takes place tomorrow at 12:00PM GMT (5:00AM EST) against Team Canada, and it should be a good one.
Great Britain Women’s Team Vs. Czech Republic
Due to a scheduling change, the ladies game took place immediately after the men’s game. While this game didn’t quite go the way we were hoping for either, it was clear that the ladies were more comfortable with the floor, and with each other. They played an all-around better game, and we’re excited to see what comes out of them next.
This game was explosive, and the ball was all over the place – especially in the first period. The girls were all over Team Czech Republic, and they looked positively determined. We want to give a huge shout out to the team’s goalie, Becky Kostesky, because she was absolutely killing it. The whole defensive line was tremendous during the first period. They weren’t about to let anything in, and at the end of the period, the score was sitting at 0-0.
The defensive play was top notch throughout the majority of the second period as well. Additionally, given the opportunity, Carlene McNulty would absolutely rocket out into a breakaway. That girl is like a bullet, and nobody can catch her once she gets going. She used this to her advantage several times throughout the game, which won her the award for most valuable player. Unfortunately, things took a dive near the end of the period. With just over four minutes left in the period, Cady Romph took a penalty. Shortly after this, Carly Marino took one as well, giving the Czech Republic the advantage of a 5 on 3. Team Czech Republic capitalized and scored the first goal, and then another almost immediately after. As though this wasn’t heartbreaking enough considering the game the girls had played, they scored one final time before the period was over.
With a score of 3-0 heading into the third period, things were looking dire. It didn’t help when Team Czech Republic managed to score a goal on a ball that had rolled out of Becky’s glove. A lesser team would have called it a day at this point, but Team Great Britain kept fighting. They gave it their all right until the end, worked as a unit, and managed to get themselves up on the board. With just over a minute left, Carly Parker scored a beautiful goal with an assist by Victoria Asselstine and Carlene McNulty. Hopefully this goal is just the fire Team Great Britain needs to kick things up a notch!
Like the men’s team, the ladies will take on Team Canada tomorrow, which should be a real test, and a great game of ball hockey.
The ladies Team Russia also took on Team USA today and won with a final score of 2-0.
The 2018 World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) Championship has just begun, so make sure to stay tuned to Team Great Britain’s website, as well as out Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates! Check out our Player Profiles on with the players of Team Great Britain too! Available HERE or wherever podcasts can be heard.