Team GB U18 women, captained by Kirkcaldy’s Beth Scoon, narrowly missed out on qualification to the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Switzerland in January following a tough campaign in Dumfries last week.
The team started with an impressive 7-1 win over China in their opening game followed by a hard-working 3-0 win over team Italy.
A narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of eventual winners France was followed up with a comfortable 6-1 win over Kazakhstan. This left GB and Slovakia tied on points resulting in a winner takes all final game of the tournament and qualification along with France.
After a tight 1-1 first period, Slovakia got some lucky breaks in the second period to lead 4-1 at the end of 40 minutes. With GB having three key players out injured and players exhausted from a hard weeks hockey, the girls could have easily dropped their heads.
However, in true GB style, the girls fought back and although they did not overturn the deficit, they brought it back within a goal and had a goal disallowed late on.
Beth said she was “gutted” for the team and bitterly disappointed not to have made it to Switzerland.
“This was my last competition at U18 level and it is sad to go out without qualification but I am now looking forward to trying to break into the senior GB women’s squad for their world championships in April next year.
“We had some amazing support from family and friends and the messages we were getting through on Facebook and Twitter and some Flyers fans even travelled down to watch our final game against Slovakia.
“On behalf of the team I would like to thank everyone for their support.”