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WC 2015 Tampere Finland
Bronze Medal Game - 11/7/15 11.00 BST
Team GB 3 - Argentina 2
Team GB beat Argentina and take bronze medal
Team GB had a great start to this game and played with great control which stopped the Argentine's playing their run and gun style of hockey. At 3.54 on the clock Sam Jones put GB on the score board assisted by Karl Niamatali and Leigh Marrrow. This first goal was only the start of what was going to be a stellar night for GB's Karl Niamatali. The two teams traded penalties in the first period but neither team could capitalise on the man advantage.
With just over two minutes gone of the second period Karl Niamatali stepped up again putting one into the Argentine's net assisted by Nathan Finney and Lee Marrow. Shortly after the restart Argentina managed to get onto the scoreboard after a mistake behind the GB net gifted the Argentinians an easy goal. GB's Lee Marrow was on the wrong end of a poor refereeing call when an Argentine went down to the floor Lee was called for slashing when his stick was nowhere near the player, Team GB were able to kill off this penalty and go into the half time break with a 2 to 1 lead.
At 31.20 of the third period that man popped up again Karl Niamatali received a pass from Sam Jones and skated at speed down the wing whilst James Archer came down rink on the other side Karl passed the puck across rink and James Archer one timed into the Argentine net to make it 3-1, that was the score going into the fourth period however Argentina would start the last period on the powerplay with a weak call to Ben Lowe for slashing the Argentines were able to covert the powerplay into a score 13 seconds before it was due to over. Argentina decided to pull their netminder for an extra player with just over two minutes to go and this was after team GB had killed off another shorthanded stint, team GB discipline in not chasing the puck whilst the Argentine team were on either on the powerplay and when they had the extra skater was excellent . The game closed out with GB winning 3-2 and taking the bronze medal.
Richard Walsh Man of Match - Karl Niamatali voted hotest player of game by organisers
Going into this year's championship GB real mission was simple come home with the gold and gain promotion to the A pool for a third time, however two other teams have come to the fore in this championships firstly Latvia who GB lost to by a single goal in the group stage and when you consider that the Latvians had 7 of the A pool national ice team on their squad it was not a bad show but the Latvians were shown up later and eventually ended getting regulated along with Bulgaria and Austria The second team that has improved was Croatia who GB did not get the opportunity to face but went on to win the gold medal and promotion next year, they will have an extremely tough time in pool A unless they totally change their squad.
Team GB will look back and say “what if” as there were a few occasions when it could be said including their one goal loss to Latvia and a three goal lead over Australia, Team GB will take a lot of lessons away for this championships and come back stronger.
On a real positive note for this championships was the performance and integration of the three rookie players (Joey Ganley, Lee Marrow and Luke Forsyth) is was great that they all a managed to get on the scoresheet and its also great to see that there is a depth of talent out there in the UK that can still called upon.