2012 WC Match Reports
Great Britain 2 Vs Sweden 7
Team Great Britain played a much better game the second time in this championships against a very experienced Swedish side keeping up with the Swedish team for big sections of the game, for GB this has been a very steep learning curve however they can hold their heads high in the knowledge that after this WC they now know they can compete with the top nations, this year showed all the teams that there will be no easy games and every game will be important especially the opening rounds, this was proven out this with Sweden getting their lowest ranking position (7th)
Great Britain 1 Vs USA 18
Team Great Britain loss to USA means they have the most important game if they want to stay an A pool team, they will have to face Sweden again who they met in the preliminary round, after Sweden lost to Czech Republic on penalty shots. Team GB have an early face-off time of 11.00 in the morning for this important game.
Quarter Final 05/06/12
Canada 9 Great Britain 3
Great Britain's dream of a medal ended with a defeat against Canada, in a game of four periods GB managed to keep up with Canada for two of them but in the other two they were outscored heavily by the canadians.
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INGOLSTADT – Last year Great Britain surprised everyone by earning promotion to the Top Division of the IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship. Now the British hope for more following their upset win against Finland.
Same as last year, goalkeeper James Tanner is one of the key players behind the rather astonishing performance of the Brits. He has saved 93.26 per cent of the shots in his two starts against Finland (2-1 win) and the Czech Republic (5-4 OT loss), second overall behind only Sweden's Sebastian Idoff (93.94%).
The upset against Finland came only one day after Great Britain had been demolished in a 13-3 loss to Sweden.
Sometimes things just work out. We had such a tough game against Sweden the day before. It really introduced us to A-pool hockey,” the 29-year-old Englishman said.
We had totally changed our fortune. We were a different team. We are more defensive-minded rather than attacking, but we still managed to score a couple of goals.”
After the first three games at this level for the players, they plan to relax and recover for a few moments before facing last year's bronze medal winner Canada in tomorrow's quarter-final clash.
“We want this quarter-final so badly. We don't mind who we play. We will miss the U.S. now, that's maybe good for us. We have to play anybody to win,” Tanner said. “We're unrealistic, we think we have a very good chance.”
Tanner is playing in his ninth InLine Hockey World Championship. The London native also played some amateur ice hockey in the last couple of years, most recently with the Invicta Dynamos of the English National Ice Hockey League, a minor league in Great Britain
"I play inline hockey and a little bit of ice hockey, but my priority is this,” Tanner said before he added with a smile: “If a good European team signs me up for ice hockey I'll be interested.”
Same as ice hockey, inline hockey is not one of the major sports in the United Kingdom. And also in inline hockey, the scenery is fractured. But the team tries to make the best out of its situation and has gradually improved in the last few years.
“There are lots of different organisations. But we have skilled players on Team GB with some good ice hockey players and inline hockey players as well,” Tanner said.
Coming into the tournament, the main goal was survival, Tanner admitted.
“But some of us are dreamers. We can't help but dream. But maybe dreaming gets us past the quarter-finals,” Tanner said.
And is the netminder one of these dreamers? "Absolutely!” he replied.
The Brits will play the first quarter-final game on Tuesday, 14:00 at Saturn Arena. Sweden vs. Slovenia (16:00), USA vs. Finland (18:00) and Czech Republic vs. Germany (20:00) are the other pairings.
Game 3 03/06/12
Finland 1 Great Britain 2
Team Great Britain win their third preliminary round game, in what was a penalty filled game, Assistant Coach Dan Wood said “We won this game with great penalty killing and fantastic netminding” with this win team GB can truly call themselves an A Pool Team.
Team GB now have four points from the prelim games and will go either second or third in their group dependant on the game between Sweden and the Czech Republic.
Game 2 02/06/12
Sweden 13 Great Britain 3
In Great Britain second match of the world championship GB lose against Sweden 13:3. After a tight first period team GB could not match Sweden goal scoring for the rest of the game
Game 1 01/06/12
Great Britain 4 Czech Republic 5 (Overtime Win)
Team Great Britain lose in overtime after a come back performance going two goals down in the first period, team GB then scored three of their own to tie the score. Goals were then traded for the rest of the game without GB going behind the game ended 4:4 and was sent into overtime. The Czechs scored in OT to take the 3 points.
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