Great Britain U20 Unbeaten In Tournament

Lewis Hook scored twice and Bobby Chamberlain added an empty net goal as Great Britain completed their tournament in Estonia with a 3-1 win over the hosts in Tallinn.

Both sides went into the game knowing their tournament fate was already sealed by the day’s earlier results.

Jordan Cownie made his first start at U20 and had to be on his game early as Estonia pressed for a good finish to the tournament in front of their own fans.

Estonia took two successive penalties to hand the initiative to GB. Britain controlled the play with the man advantage without finding a way past Seppenen in the Estonia net.

Shortly after the second penalty expired, GB broke the deadlock as Bobby Chamberlain’s shot from the boards was tipped in front of the goalie by Lewis Hook and into the net.

In the second period, GB outshot their hosts 15-8 but again only had one goal to show for their efforts.

Late in another powerplay, GB’s top line of Hook, Cownie and Chamberlain combined to set up Lewis Hook for his second goal – a wrist shot from the left circle making it 2-0 after forty minutes of play.

Estonia came out flying at the start of the third period and were given a great chance to get on the board as Declan Balmer was penalised for holding on a breakaway and Estonia were awarded a penalty shot.

Ragnar-Hindrek Russ took the shot but Jordan Hedley followed the move all the way and made the save to preseve the scoreline.

Estonia did score a minute later when, after a scramble around Hedley’s net, the goal judge signalled ‘goal’ and after discussion the on ice officials awarded the goal at 44.15.

Once again penalty trouble took the momentum away from Estonia, they took three minors over the next ten minutes. GB controlled the puck well on the powerplay, but Seppenen came up big with the saves when needed.

Inside the final three minutes, Estonia coach Sami Helenius called time out and gambled by withdrawing Seppenen for the extra attacker. GB managed to force the turnover and Ivan Antonov’s cross ice pass was tapped into the open net by Bobby Chamberlain – his sixth goal of the tournament – to seal the win for GB.

A delaying the game minor on GB with 74 seconds left allowed Estonia another attempt with the extra attacker, however Britain defended the six on four and took the win to make five from five this week.

Lewis Hook was GB’s player of the game, while his linemate Jordan Cownie was named GB’s player of the tournament.

At the end of tournament presentation ceremony, Jordan Cownie was named the tournament’s best forward – voted by all competing teams. The MK Lightning forward also picked up GB Supporters Club player award.

Peter Russell and his squad face an early departure on Sunday morning to return to the UK before the process begins again for Division 1B next year.