Sheffield target stars but GB crash

Ice hockey; Sheffield
Ice hockey; Sheffield

A super goal from Sheffield Steelers’ top summer target Rob Dowd wasn’t enough to save Great Britain from relgation today.

They must drop down to Division 1B of the World Championship after a 4-1 defeat by Korea in Budapest.

GB were unable to win any of their five games in a bitterly disappointing series.

Head coach Tony Hand made wholesome changes and juggled all his lines around and it paid dividends early on.

GB went ahead at 4:56 with a superb wrist shot from Dowd for his first goal of the tournament.

Matthew Myers and David Clarke then both hit the left-hand post as GB piled on the pressure.

Korea had their chances also and Stephen Murphy had to be at his best to keep out former Coventry Blaze player Woosang Park.

GB’s one-goal first-period lead was wipped out as Sanghoon Shin’s tip made it 1-1 (23:19) and Jiman Yoon found space in the slot to put Korea ahead (29:31).

Dowd then hit the left-hand post and Phil Hill went close on the doorstep, before Brock Raadunske skated unchallenged into the zone to make it 3-1 at 34:24.

Kisung Kim’s touch on the doorstep made it four (43:06).

GB threw all they had in the last 15 minutes, but were unable to break down netminder Sungje Park again.

Greg Owen, playing his final match as a hockey player before retirement, won GB’s man-of-the-match award.