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CHRISTIANSEN NAMES FINAL 23-MAN SQUAD FOR LITHUANIA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Offers   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 23:10

Great Britain head coach Doug Christiansen has named his final 23-man squad for the World Championship (Division 1B), which gets under way in Vilnius this weekend.

Christiansen had 25 players at the final few days of training camp this week in Sheffield because of some injuries in the squad.

He has decided to release Belefast Giants defenceman Kevin Phillips and Braehead Clan forward Matt Towe from the roster.

It means Paul Swindlehurst (Dundee Stars), Matty Davies (Hull Stingrays) and Mike Will (Braehead) have been named in a men's World Championship squad for the first time.

GB, who fly out to tomorrow, play Croatia in their opening game of the competition on Sunday (11am UK time).

Hosts Lithuania, along with Romania, Netherlands and Poland, will also provide the opposition in the six-team IIHF tournament.

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CHRISTIANSEN REDUCES SQUAD TO 25 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Annette Petrie   
Monday, 14 April 2014 10:31

Great Britain head coach Doug Christiansen has narrowed his squad down to 25 players following back-to-back matches against Netherlands this weekend.

There are a few injuries in the GB camp, so Christiansen will delay naming his final 23 for the World Championship (Division 1B) until later in the week.

Christiansen released four players from his squad tonight - Sam McCluskey, James Griffin, Jonathan Boxill and Matt Haywood.

The remaining 25 players will continue with the training camp this week.

Christiansen said: "We have had a few players out this weekend and we want to give them as much time as possible to heal.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 23:05
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GB WOMEN WIN SILVER IN ASIAGO PDF Print E-mail
Written by Annette Petrie   
Monday, 14 April 2014 10:30

Great Britain Women won silver and narrowly miss out on gold following a 1-0 defeat by Italy Women after penalty shots in Asiago.

Needing a regulation-time win for promotion to Division 1B, GB came close in a thrilling game but once the game ended 0-0 after regulation time, Italy were promoted.

GB outshot Italy 13-11 in the first period and created numerous chances, but could not covert on five successive powerplays.

Italy piled on the pressure in session two and dominated much of the third period, with quality chances at a premium.

GB pulled netminder Nicole Jackson in the final minute, but were unable to find a way through.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 22:56
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GB 4-5 NETHERLANDS (AFTER OVERTIME) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Annette Petrie   
Monday, 14 April 2014 10:30

Great Britain Men were beaten 5-4 by Netherlands following overtime in their final game ahead of the World Championship.

Hull Stingrays netminder Ben Bowns started the game in net and was replaced by Mike Will of the Braehead Clan at the start of the third period.

GB turned a one-goal deficit into a 2-1 first-period lead with goals for Matty Davies (assisted Matt Towe and Matt Haywood) and Phil Hill (assisted Jonathan Boxill and Mark Garside).

Ashley Tait netted GB's third at 23:43, with assists to Haywood and Matthew Myers, and they held a 3-2 lead at the second interval.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 22:50
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GB WOMEN 3-1 KOREA WOMEN PDF Print E-mail
Written by Annette Petrie   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 20:19

Great Britain Women will play for promotion on Saturday following their 3-1 victory over Korea Women on Thursday afternoon.

Netminder Nicole Jackson turned away 26 of the 27 shots she faced as GB claimed an important three points.

GB now have to wait on the result of Italy Women against New Zealand Women this evening to learn how many points they need for the gold medal.

The opening two periods were tight with little in way of clear-cut goalscoring opportunities, although GB out-shot Korea 24-19 going into the final session.

It took just 34 seconds of the third period for the deadlock to be broken as Louisa Durnell set-up Georgina Farman (40:34).

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 22:47
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