There’s not much hockey going on at the moment so to cheer you up, we thought we’d look back at three of Great Britain’s famous recent comebacks.
2015 World Championship Division I Group B in Eindhoven, Netherlands
Pete Russell’s reign as Great Britain coach began in dramatic fashion. GB began the tournament against Croatia and were a goal down going into the final seconds.
But with netminder Ben Bowns lifted in favour of the extra skater, Mark Richardson levelled the game with only five seconds remaining and the defenceman then netted the winner 11 seconds into overtime.
Russell said: “They pulled it out of the bag, I thought we were first class and deserved it. It’s one game at a time but it’s a nice way to win. There are two kinds of hockey players, the honest ones and the rest, and they’re honest hockey players.”
Click here to read the match report on the BBC Sport website.
2018 World Championship Division I Group A in Budapest, Hungary
Great Britain won promotion to the second tier in 2017 on home ice in Belfast and after winning three of their first four games in Budapest, they needed a point for promotion to the elite level going into their final game against hosts Hungary.
GB were 2-0 down with 10 minutes remaining but Robert Dowd closed the gap at 50:55, before netminder Ben Bowns dramatically saved a Hungary penalty shot in the closing stages.
With Bowns off the ice in favour of the extra skater, Robert Farmer scored with 15 seconds left to stun the home crowd and send GB and their supporters into dreamland and into the top tier of world ice hockey for the first time since 1994.
Russell, said: “We dared to dream and we did it. This team is very special and what we have pulled off is absolutely unbelievable. Our team work rate was immense every single night and they dug need to provide GB with one of our greatest-ever moments.”
Click here to read the match report.
2019 World Championship in Kosice, Slovakia
Great Britain were the new boys at the top-level World Championship in 2019. The world’s ice hockey media were fascinated by the team and its amazing supporters – and the underdogs received superb backing throughout the tournament.
GB put in some great performances, including a tremendous display in a 6-3 defeat by the USA, but it went down to a winner-takes-all encounter with France.
Pete Russell’s side found themselves 3-0 down in the second period, but they closed the deficit to one by the second intermission with goals from Robert Dowd and Mike Hammond.
Robert Farmer scored the equaliser in the third session, before captain Jonathan Phillips set-up Ben Davies in overtime to score the game-winning goal to keep GB in the top flight.
Russell, said: “This is massive moment for the team and a massive moment in British ice hockey. What they have just achieved is the biggest thing in their careers. They drew strength from what they did in Hungary a year ago. They had the belief that they could win this game and I am so proud of every single one of them.”
Click here for the match report.
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There’s not much hockey going on at the moment so to cheer you up, we thought we’d look back at three of Great Britain’s famous recent comebacks under head coach Pete Russell. Which is your favourite GB come back?
— Team GB Ice Hockey (@TeamGBicehockey) November 25, 2020
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