FOUR NATIONS: GB U18 WOMEN 2-1 POLAND U18 WOMEN

Great Britain Under-18 Women beat Poland Under-18 Women 2-1 in their second game at the Four Nations in in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Netminder Emma Nichols impressed once again and made 30 saves, while Ellin Rees was named as GB’s player of the game.

Chloe Needham-Potts and Amy Robery were named alternate captains for the game, but GB had to play short benched again with Abby Rowbotham missing out because of injury.

Superb goal from Jackson gives GB first-period lead
GB outshot Poland 9-7 in the first period and went ahead thanks to a well-worked team goal.

Needham-Potts took the puck into the offensive zone and strong work on the boards behind the net by Liza Gere freed the puck for Chamonix Jackson to produce a superb wraparound finish (4:16).

GB stay in front at second intermission
Britain netted their second thanks to strong work on the boards by Ellie Wallace who set-up Ruby Newlands at the backdoor (24:06).

But Poland hit back just 62 seconds later when Maja Brzezinska put away her own rebound after her first shot was saved by Nichols (25:08).

Dramatic third period but GB seal victory 
GB went in search of their third goal and Jessica Jones went coast-to-coast but was denied by Poland netminder Julia Bujak.

Poland piled on the pressure in the third period and missed a penalty shot at 50:46, as Maja Brzezinska tripped as she shot and Nichols made a routine save.

A dramatic end to the game saw Poland have the puck in the net with 18 seconds remaining, but the goal was ruled out as it was kicked in from close range.

GB ‘grit’ pleases coach Ashton 
Head coach, James Ashton, said: “We learnt a lot from the game against Spain. We changed the lines for the third period last night and carried that over today.

“The girls were up very early for training this morning. We had some productive time talking about where we could improve and the girls responded.

“There was a lot of grit and hard work which helped us to get the win. The girls know the international level we want to be at.

“We came here as a group and after today, I believe we were more structured and more of a team. We need to keep that rolling into tomorrow.”

GB play their final game of the tournament tomorrow against hosts Iceland (19:15 face-off) and you can watch live on a webcast by clicking here.

Four Nations – GB U18 Women schedule and results 
Thursday 11th November: Spain U18 Women 4-0 GB U18 Women
Friday 12th November: GB U18 Women 2-1 Poland U18 Women
Saturday 13th November: Iceland U18 Women v GB U18 Women – 19:15

Photo credit: Bjarni Helgason.