Kirkcaldy’s Beth Scoon has returned home from Italy with a World Championship silver medal – but disappointed not to be wearing gold.
Beth was part of the Team GB Ladies ice hockey team that narrowly missed out on the gold, and promotion from Division 2A, after an agonising penalty shots defeat against the hosts.
GB arrived in Asiago on Friday, the same night Beth celebrated her 19th birthday, before facing Australia on Sunday. GB were always in control against the Aussies, winning all three periods 2-1, 2-0 and 2-1 for a great 6-2 start.
Game two saw GB face New Zealand. The Kiwis’ work rate was exemplary and GB struggled to break them down, but a goal in each of the second and third periods was enough to secure victory and a further three points for the GB girls.
Mistakes during a disappointing opening period to game three gifted Poland a 3-1 advantage that GB never recovered from. Poland grabbed a late fourth goal as GB pushed to get back in the game for a 4-1 final score line.
Next up was a must-win game four for GB against a disciplined South Korea to stay in gold medal and promotion contention. GB consistently outworked the Koreans and never let them settle but it was not until early the third period that they made the breakthrough.
A further two GB goals mid-period made the game safe but a late consolation for the Koreans denied GB the shut-out.
This set up a Saturday night winner-takes-all head-to-head with hosts Italy, who had won all their previous four games. GB needed a regulation win for gold and promotion; any other score meant gold and promotion for the Italians.
Despite creating a number of chances, GB failed to capitalise on six straight powerplay opportunities in the first and second period and the scoresheet remained blank throughout regulation time meaning the home side took gold and GB silver.
Overtime failed to split the teams and it was finally penalty shots that gave the Italians the extra point.
Beth was pleased with her performance with an overall +/- for the tournament of +4.
She commented: “It was nice to be back in Asiago where I had good memories qualifying with the U18s in 2011.
“With a complete change in coaching staff since last year, the first hurdle was just to be selected for the team.
“I was happy with my performance but disappointed that we couldn’t get that single goal against Italy that would have seen us win gold and get promoted.”
“This is a really great group of girls and we can now start building for next season.”