Team GB are guaranteed two medals in the mixed country 3-on-3 ice hockey event at the Youth Olympics in Lausanne, as Mack Stewart and Amy Robery both secured their respective pathways through to tomorrow’s gold medal matches.
Stewart’s Team Red are finding form at the right time, making it four straight wins in the competition, following an 11-7 victory over teammate Evan Nauth’s Team Brown. They will meet Team Green in tomorrow’s final – a team they narrowly lost 8-9 to in the preliminary round.
Following today’s triumph, Stewart said “It’s a pretty big deal getting to the final because we’re now guaranteed a medal – we’ve got one more game where we’re hoping for gold. We started off slowly today, but we’ve now beaten a big team (brown) twice in two days which helps us mentally.
“We’re on a four game win streak right now, so tomorrow we just need to play as we have been playing because it seems to be working.”
Amy Robery’s Team Black launched a stunning comeback to win 11-7 over Team Brown in the women’s semi-finals, despite finding themselves 5-3 down after the first period. They go into tomorrow’s gold medal match against Team Yellow with a record of seven wins out of eight, and Robery is delighted with the team’s progress.
“It’s so surreal – as a team we can’t believe we’ve actually made it to the final. We are all so happy for each other and I’m so proud of my teammates – we’re going to go into the final and try and win it.
“It was very intense – we were level with the other team throughout. We kept going, we kept working and then we scored a few goals in the second period – finding momentum at the right time. We switched tactics to defence towards the end and managed to hold on to the victory.
“Our team has come so far – the fact we’re going to be going home with a medal is amazing. Although we’re guaranteed a medal, we’ve come this far and we want to go all the way and get that gold.”
Evan Nauth and Mirren Foy will also be in action, playing in the men’s and women’s bronze medal match – starting 11:00 GMT.