April 9, 2019
Great Britain Women secured the silver medal with a 2-1 victory over DPR Korea Women in the final game of the World Championship Division II Group A in Dumfries.
The result means that Spain Women, who were only promoted last season and were sixth seeds in the tournament, take home the bronze in their first year at this level.
Slovenia Women beat Mexico Women 7-1 in the day’s first game to secure promotion to Division I (Group B) for the first time in their history with the gold medal.
DPR Korea take first-period lead
Jang Hyang put DPR Korea ahead on a delayed penalty as she reacted first to a loose puck on the doorstep (2:59).
GB grew stronger as the period went on and Kim Lane, Shannon Douglas and Steph Towns all went close, while Katie Marsden hit the base of the left-hand post.
Lane and Douglas goals turn game around
Marsden forced a good pad save out of So Jong Sim early in session two and GB equalised when Lane netted from close range for her second goal of the tournament (27:49).
GB looked the most likely to score again and Shannon Douglas slotted in a rebound after Towns had seen her shot saved (34:40).
GB hold firm to win silver
Nicole Jackson, on the night she won her 50th GB cap, made two unreal saves from a scramble around the net to keep GB’s one-goal lead in tact.
Abbie Sylvester hit the base of the right-hand post and Marsden’s bullet of a shot pinged back off the bar as GB went in search of the insurance goal.
GB had to kill off a late DPR Korea powerplay but held firm to secure the silver medal on home ice.
Head coach Cheryl Smith says the future of the programme is in very safe hands after GB gave five debut caps including 15-year-old Chloe Headland, 16-year-old Lucy Beal and 17-year-old Aimee Headland, who scored two goals in her first tournament, with the squad having an average age of 22.
Smith said: “I am not going to lie, we came to the tournament with the aim of gold and we said that publicly.
“It hasn’t gone our way this week but the coaching staff will take many positives from what we have seen.
“The girls can hold their heads up high as they gave everything on the ice and left nothing behind.
“With the mix of experience and young players, I think the future is very safe hands.
“There are many more in the pipeline so we have plenty to be excited about.
“The coaching staff believe these players can challenge for a place on the roster next year.”
Words: Chris Ellis. Photo: Karl Denham.