Relegation heartache for GB Women’s Under 18’s
British women under the age of 18 were relegated from Division I of Group B after a 5-1 defeat on the last day against Poland at Katowice.
The relegation of the team is a big blow on a day when they needed a point to keep them safe and send Poland down, but victory for the hosts means GB will play in division II next season.
Wiktoria Sikorska scored on the doorstep in power play early in the second period before Emily Harris was denied on an envelope and moments later at close range after waltzing through the defense Polish.
Sikorska – the captain of Poland – broke away at high speed to shoot high for his second goal of the night at 32 minutes and began to worry the GB players.
Emma Nichols replaced Ella Howard at the start of the third period, but was defeated by a deviation from Julia Zielinska at the start of the third period.
GB pushed in the third period and Kaitlyn Morrison scored at the back door in a five-on-three power play in 47 minutes, before Poland finished the game with two goals in 12 seconds.
Vanessa Patla scored from the blue line at 51:05 while Iga Schramm cut inside the left wing and pushed off her own bounce almost immediately after, confirming the worst weekend possible for Cheryl Smith and the GB team.
Earlier in the day, Norway's U18 Women got a promotion and the gold medal with a 2-1 victory over Austria's U18 Women, who won the silver medal. The U18 women of China won bronze with a 4-2 victory over the U18 women of Korea.