GB push USA hard in three-goal defeat

May 15, 2019 6:31 pm

Great Britain fans and players were probably pinching themselves after 20 minutes in Košice’s Steel Arena.

After the USA took the lead through James van Reimsdyk, Mike Hammond grabbed his second goal of the tournament at 12:17 to tie the game up – and send the teams into the first intermission level at one each!

Three goals in just under nine minutes had Team USA 4-1 ahead, but GB stayed in the game thanks to Brett Perlini shooting past Demko with six seconds left in the period to halve the arrears.

Patrick Kane, who was -1 after 40 minutes, put the USA back three ahead on 41 minutes, and while Derek Ryan extended the USA’s total out to six it was Great Britain who’d have the last word – Ben Davies with a fantastic breakaway goal at 56:28. Late on Ben Bowns made an unbelievable glove save to deny the US on the powerplay, and keep the final score at 6-3.

We told the players the trust last night – the work rate wasn’t there against Denmark, so we changed some things tonight and just tried to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. We’re playing against teams we shouldn’t be playing against, and I thought tonight was a really good performance. After the first period I didn’t need to say much, just that we kept going and trying to put pressure on. Bowns was also excellent in net and came up with some big saves.” – Pete Russell (Head Coach, Great Britain)

First of all, what a crowd for Great Britain that was there! They were extremely enthusiastic, I thought they played really hard and told their coach that after the game. We weren’t close to being good in the first, but answered with our approach in the second. We got away from that a bit in the last period, and need to be better. Part of the process when we have this many talented players is to learn what we have to do in all areas in the ice.” – Jeff Blashill (Head Coach, USA)

It felt really good to score, I know some of the guys over there so can definitely rub it in the summer! It was a great team effort, and we definitely deserved the goals. We made more smart plays with the puck than against Denmark, and that’s the name of the game out there.– Brett Perlini (Forward, Great Britain)

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