Late powerplay goal gives Poland victory
Great Britain Under-18 Women suffered late heartbreak as a goal 93 seconds from time gave Poland U18 Women a 2-1 victory in Katowice.
GB outshot the host nation 22-19 in their third game at this season’s World Championship (Division 1B) and were left to rue missed chances.
Casey Traill’s close-range rebound put Britain ahead at 2:35, with the assists going to Ellie Wakeling and Abbie Sylvester.
Netminder Maisie Gilbert – named as GB’s player of the game – saved twice from Klaudia Kaleja early in period two, before the hosts drew level through Sandra Klimecka’s tip on the powerplay (30:55).
Emily Harris went close for GB at the start of the third period, while Amy Trueman was denied on a breakaway.
But Poland won it with a neat finish from the slot by Wiktoria Dziwok on the powerplay (58:27).
Coach, Michelle Smith, said: “It was such a disappointment to lose and in the manner we lost it.
“We took too many penalties and in the end Poland were going to make one of them count.
“We had plenty of good scoring chances and I just feel we need to be more ruthless in front of goal.”
Italy top the six-team group with three wins from three matches, while second-placed Denmark also have a 100% record.
GB are back in action tomorrow when they face China at 3:30pm UK time.