Team Great Britain At the WBHF 2017 World Championship – Day 5

There’s no disputing the fact that Game five of the 2017 World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) World Championship didn’t go the way that Team Great Britain would have liked. The BHi Great Britain Heritage Team took an unfortunate loss, but that doesn’t mean that they didn’t play an absolute great game of hockey. I can tell you, with absolute conviction, that I’ve never been as gripped as a spectator as I was in the last five minutes of the Great Britain at Czech Republic game at the WBHF.

The Game

Going into this game, I knew it was going to be a tough one. Plenty of the guys on Team Great Britain had expressed their knowledge of Team Czech Republic’s prowess, but I certainly wasn’t prepared for the level of defence they’d be bringing to the table. It seemed like they were ready for anything. Team Great Britain kept trying to dump shots, and they just kept denying them. It was enough to discourage even the most hardcore fan.

The Czech Republic managed to score a goal within the first thirty seconds of the game, which did nothing for Team Great Britain’s confidence, but the team didn’t let it get to them. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I haven’t seen a game of hockey played like this in my life. This is one of the highest energy games I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch. The ball was back and forth virtually the entire time. Unfortunately, by the third period, the Czech Republic team managed to get themselves into a 4-1 lead. This is where the game got truly interesting, however.

Nearing the end of the game, something snapped in the Great Britain team. They played some risky calls – like pulling their goalie so they’d have a stronger offence – but it worked. Thanks to this play, they were all of a sudden at a score of 4-2 for the Czech’s, and then quickly after, 4-3. Unfortunately, pulling the goalie is a risky move for a reason, and the Czech team managed to score on an empty net, after which Gage [Gonyou] was called back into position.

It was at this point that spectators were starting to sweat. There were precious few minutes left in the game, and Team Czech Republic was now up two points at 5-3. Team Great Britain used what little time they had wisely though, and Travis Parkin managed to score an unbelievable goal with just about fifteen seconds on the clock. At this point the score was a tight 5-4 for the Czech Republic. The next ten seconds seemed to stretch out for an eternity. Whistles must have been blown four times in such a brief period. Regardless, when it counted, Team Great Britain came through. In the most heated ball hockey I’ve ever seen, Travis Parkin took a shot in the last two seconds of the game, and managed to make it. Unfortunately, the shot came in just a moment too late and wasn’t counted towards the game.

There is absolutely nothing about this game that any of the players should be upset about. They can be disappointed that they won’t be making it to the gold game, yes, but they played like absolute pros this week. I honestly don’t think that I’ve ever seen a more exciting game of hockey played in my life than I have this week in the Czech Republic. The boys may not be heading to the gold medal game, but they should all be proud of the absolute world class display of hockey they’ve all put on throughout the WBHF.

Current Standings:

Playoffs

Canada

GP:2
W:2
L:0
OT:0

Czech Republic

GP:2
W:2
L:0
OT:0

Russia

GP:2
W:1
L:1
OT:0

Great Britain

GP:2
W:1
L:1
OT:0

USA

GP:2
W:1
L:1
OT:0

Slovakia

GP:2
W:1
L:1
OT:0

Eurpoe

GP:2
W:0
L:2
OT:0

Hungary

GP:2
W:0
L:2
OT:0

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