2015 IIHF ICE HOCKEY U20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Div. II Group A Game Day 5
Two teams with not much to play for but pride in the last game of the tournament.
GB sure of the gold medal but wanting to go through the tournament unbeaten but Estonia, clear of relegation thanks to beating Romania on day two, looking to put on one last show for home fans.
The first period was a pretty low key affair as both teams found it hard to get their legs going.
Just two chances in the opening seven minutes as GB’s Betteridge saw his effort from the high slot well saved while Jordan Hedley made a pair of fine stops on debut.
A pair of power plays would be wasted by GB, who only fired eight shots in the opening frame but they were able to make one count with 4:15 to play.
Lewis Hook redirecting a shot from Bobby Chamberlain, as that line remained dynamite as ever.
A minute into the second frame and Jordan Hedley made a huge save, and that set up a rush going the other way in which Sam Duggan came agonisingly close to doubling the lead.
GB asserted their dominance over the hosts for the first time in the game and would end up out-shooting them 15-8. You felt that GB only had to pres the accelerator button to extend the lead but once again it wasn’t until late in the period until we saw another goal.
Estonia had just killed a penalty before taking a too many men penalty straight afterwards.
It’s the silly penalties that generally make you pay and once more Hook was the beneficiary of Cownie and Chamberlain as his low shot gave Seppenen in the Estonian net no chance.
Estonian came out the blocks fast in the third period, doubtless with the words of their coach ringing in the ears. A breakaway saw Hedley have to pull off a wonderful glove save to deny Estonia getting back in the game, but with Balmer charged with holding on the play, the hosts were awarded a penalty shot.
Hedley was equal to the shot by Russ but 30 seconds later the home fans would have something to cheer. A mad goal-mouth scramble would see the officials credit the goal to Estonia’s Vasjonkin which spoiled Hedley’s shutout attempt at 44:15.
Estonia’s push to tie the game turned into frustration as the struggled to get shots on net and took various penalties.
With time running down and an empty home team net, it was left to Bobby Chamberlain to provide the goal that ensured GB would remain unbeaten and give him his sixth goal of the tournament.
The celebrations began at the final horn and continued through the various awards handed out to all teams.
Jordan Cownie was rightly given two individual awards but his line was exceptional and he and Hook registered eleven points a piece while Bobby Chamberlain had twelve, including six goals which was a tournament high.
1 – 0 EQ GBR 8. HOOK Lewis from (12. CHAMBERLAIN Bobby)
2 – 0 PP1 GBR 8. HOOK Lewis from (12. CHAMBERLAIN Bobby) & (14. COWNIE Jordan)
3 – 1 ENG GBR 12. CHAMBERLAIN Bobby from (21. ANTONOV Ivan) & (14. COWNIE Jordan)
BEST PLAYERS SELECTED BY THE DIRECTORATE
Best Forward 14 COWNIE Jordan GBR – Great Britain
BEST PLAYERS OF EACH TEAM SELECTED BY COACHES
GBR 14 COWNIE Jordan
1 GBR 14Pts
2 LTU 09Pts
3 KOR 09Pts
4 NED 05Pts
5 EST 04Pts
6 ROU 04 Pts