‘We’re sh*t, and we know we are!’: Team Great Britain nets thrilling OT goal to remain in top tier at World Championships
Team Great Britain has had a rough time during their first return to the top tier of World Championship hockey since 1994. But, in amongst the shellacking and beatdowns, the team never once gave up. Finnish coach Jukka Jalonen even commented of Team GB, after Finland’s 5-0 win over them, that, “I think Great Britain played very well today. They fought hard, played well together, and made it very hard for us to score.”
Goaltender Ben Bowns posted 227 saves in seven games, but his world-class backstopping was never quite enough to buoy Great Britain to a win. And so, Great Britain entered Monday needing to beat a far more experienced French side, who have been competing at the top tier of World Championship hockey since 2008.
A win of any kind would keep Great Britain in the top division, with the IIHF tie-breaker for teams on the same points being the winner of the matchup. A loss of any kind would send them back to Division I-A.
Welshman Ben Davies ensured that the Team GB hockey dream would remain alive through 2020. Davies deked French goaltender Florian Hardy and sent a backhand shot into the net, giving them a 4-3 overtime win, and Team GB went as wild as they might have had they won gold.