DEFEAT FOR GB INLINE IN SEMI-FINALS

REPORT FROM IIHF.COM

Slovenia vs. Great Britain 7-4 (2-1, 2-2, 1-0, 2-1) 

Great Britain Inline put in a brave performance but were beaten 7-4 in their semi-final with top seed Slovenia in the World Championship Division One in Slovakia, missing out on a chance to go for promotion to the top flight tomorrow.

Slovenia opened the scoring with a Miha Logar goal after 52 seconds to play. At 10:23 James Archer tied it up but just ten seconds later Miha Brus scored for Slovenia.

It was a pattern that would continue throughout the game. Slovenia was a step ahead but the British always found back into the game. When Ales Fajdiga gave Slovenia a 3-1 lead with his power-play marker at 5:08 of the second period, the British replied with a goal from Nathan Finney and a minute later Sam Jones tied the game at three.

Slovenia found the lead again at 9:45 with a Saso Rajsar goal and in the third period Matevz Erman scored on a man advantage to make it 5-3. The British tried to come back and at 7:32 of the fourth period they eventually succeeded with a goal from Yoshua Yeardley.

Looking for the game-tying goal in the last minutes of regulation time, the British pulled their goalie but didn’t succeed. Jure Sotlar and Miha Logar scored two empty-net goals for Slovenia instead.