Cowley: Netherlands will be fired up


Great Britain's Russ Cowley says Netherlands will be fired up tonight as the two sides meet in Eindhoven (7:30pm UK time).

The hosts lost their first two games but bounced back with a 5-2 victory over Croatia on Thursday at the World Championship (Division 1A).

GB go into the game on the back of three straight wins over Croatia (3-2 overtime), Estonia (2-1) and Korea (3-2).

Cowley said: "This will be a tough game tonight and they will be excited to play in front of a capacity crowd.

"They showed they are a good team with the victory over Croatia and we know we are in for a battle.

"They have a good team and they will want to end the tournament in a positive fashion.

"We believe in each other and that is a key thing for us. We have a great group of guys.

"We are in a good position now and some of us have been there before and that will be good for experience.

"It is going to be an exciting couple of days that's for sure." 

(Photo courtesy of Colin Lawson)

Great Britain 3-2 Korea

A breathtaking penalty shot from Ben O'Connor was the game-winner as Great Britain beat Korea 3-2 in the World Championship to go top of the table.

GB, who came from 2-0 down for the second time in the tournament, have now won three out of three in Division 1B in Eindhoven.

Robert Lachowicz had the game's first clear-cut chance but was denied by Park Sungje on the breakaway.  

Ben Bowns was kept busy in the opening stages and produced a good glove save to stop Shin Hyung Yun.

GB were creating scoring chances too and Haywood went close with a tip in front. 

But Great Britain fell behind just as the period was coming to a close, with Park Woosang's touch deceiving Bowns (19:38). 

Kim Kisung's neat backhand finish put Korea two up at 20:35, but Robert Farmer replied only 16 seconds later when he found space in front and went top shelf (20:51). 

GB had two minutes of a five-on-three powerplay but despite constant pressure, they were unable to find a way through. 

Lachowicz had another couple of decent chances, before GB drew level on a five-on-three powerplay.

Pete Russell called his timeout and the set play worked a treat as Jonathan Weaver fed O'Connor for a one-timer after they'd swapped on the point (33:35). 

GB took the lead at 46:39 with a breathtaking penalty shot by O'Connor, as the blueliner pivoted in front of the netminder and went backhand through his legs and top shelf for his third goal of the tournament and second of the night. 

Great Britain had to kill off three succesive penalties in the last 10 minutes, but the penalty kill unit held firm and GB secured a massive three-point win.

Coach Pete Russell said: "I am so proud of them right now, what a performance that was.

"We took it to them and every single player gave it their all. Korea are such a good side but we matched them throughout.

"We just keep finding ways to win - we have so much heart, passion and belief.

"That team just does not know when it is beaten and it has so much character."

Cowley celebrates 50th cap with a win


Russell Cowley said the result was the most important thing as he
celebrated his 50th cap with a 2-1 Great Britain victory over Estonia.

Cowley became the 22nd player to reach the half-century milestone as GB
scored five minutes time to secure their second win out of two at the
World Championship in Eindhoven.

The 31-year-old said: "All that was important was the result and we got
that win, that's the main thing.

"We kept on battling right to the end again and showed spirit, desire
and passion, which was important.

"It was nice to celebrate my 50th cap with a win and reaching that
milestone is very special.

"We now have a day to prepare for Korea and this is a massive game.

"They will present us with different challenges again.

"Korea are a great team, with terrific speed and we must up our game
even further on Thursday."

GB go head-to-head with Korea

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The two undefeated teams at the World Championship in Eindhoven go head-to-head as Great Britain face Korea this afternoon. 
GB have begun their Division 1B campaign with a 3-2 overtime victory over Croatia and 2-1 win against Estonia. 
Korea, coached by former Nottingham Panthers d-man Jimmy Paek, beat Estonia 7-3 in their opening game and then recorded a 7-1 win over Netherlands. 
Great Britain coach, Pete Russell, said: "Korea are a very good team and will be dangerous from the off. 
"They are one of the best teams at this tournament and have already racked up some goals. 
"But we have plenty of self-belief and I love the way we are playing with passion. 
"The boys are all excited about the game but are focused and ready for the challenge in hand.” 
GB against Korea faces-off at 4pm UK time this afternoon.

Estonia 1-2 Great Britain

Robert Farmer scores Low

Robert Farmer scored the game-winning goal five minutes from time as Great Britain made it two wins from two with a 2-1 win over Estonia at the World Championship in Eindhoven.

Netminder Ben Bowns turned away 29 of the 30 shots he faced, as Russ Cowley celebrated a win on the afternoon of his 50th GB cap

Jonathan Phillips created one of the best chances of the early stages when he cut through the middle but his shot was deflected just over.

Mark Thomas needed treatment in the dressing room after being hit by a stick from the ice while on the bench.

Robert Lachowicz went close on a breakaway for GB, before Estonia's Robert Rooba was pulled back when clean through, but he missed the subsqeuent penalty shot as he slipped his effort just wide.

GB took the lead when David Phillips broke free right-hand side and fired low past Roman Shumikhin (15:36) for a 1-0 first-period lead.

Bowns produced a fantastic glove save to deny Andrei Makrov, before Estonia drew level when Rooba was allowed too much time in the slot and fired low at 33:19.

Jack Prince, Robert Dowd and Colin Shields had chances in quick succession midway through the third period and the pressure told.

Farmer got the final touch to a goalmouth scramble on a delayed penalty (54:10) for the third goal of his international career.

Head coach, Pete Russell, said: "No game is easy and I knew this one would not be any different.

"Sure, we weren't at our best but we kept on going and ground it out.

"Estonia are a good hockey side and a better team then many give them credit for.

"I am proud of the way they kept going and that's two from two now and an excellent start to the tournament."

There are no games in the tournament tomorrow and GB return to action on Thursday against Korea (4pm UK time).

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