GB Women 0-2 Kazakhstan Women

Great Britain Women suffered final-day heartbreak and miss out on promotion, but win the silver medal following their 2-0 defeat by Kazakhstan Women, who take gold.

It was a battle of the two sides with 100% records in the IIHF Division 2A tournament, with each winning all four of their previous games.

After a scoreless first period, Kazakhstan took the lead early in the second session.

GB failed to finish a two-on-one opportunity but moments later Kazakhstan converted one of their own.

The tournament’s Best Forward Alyona Fux set up Madina Tursynova at the backdoor (21:47).

GB struggled to create clear-cut chances all night anad Kazakstan grabbed their second when Olga Konysheva’s shot bobbled in front of Nicole Jackson (43:31).

GB Netminder – Nicole Jackson

Great Britain pulled netminder Jackson, who was named as the tournament’s Best Netminder, but they could not find a way through and Kazakhstan celebrated promotion to Division 1B.

GB also took a second tournament award with Jodie Bloom being named as Best Defenceman, while Chrissy Newman was named as GB’s Player of the Tournament and GB Supporters’ Club Player of the Tournament.

Coach Michelle Smith said: “We gave it our all but came up against a very strong and efficient Kazkahstan side.

“We gave everything and we’re very proud of them, but Kazakhstan just had that little extra in the tank.”

Cheryl Smith said: “Of course we are disappointed not to win gold, but we should be proud of our silver.

“This is a building process and we have plenty to be positive about. We will learn from this and come back stronger.”

Korea claimed the bronze medal with a 13-0 victory over fifth-placed Croatia and Poland, who finished fourth, ended their tournament with a 3-2 win over relegated New Zealand after a penalty shootout.

(Images courtesy of Colin Lawson)