After losing to South Korea, 5-4, in a shootout Friday, the British ice hockey team rallied with wins against Romania (3-0) on Saturday and Japan (2-1) on Sunday to earn a spot in February’s Olympic qualification tournament in Germany.
British teammates Craig Peacock and Ben O’Connor each scored goals during a 30-second window in the first period to help the team out to an early 2-0 lead, and then relied on goaltender Stephen Murphy and his 21 saves to hold off Japan’s offensive attack.
“We just had to make sure that we kept to our strengths,” British captain Jonathan Phillips told the AP after victory against Group J tournament host Japan. “We felt we were bigger and stronger, so we just had to get the puck deep and work the boards which we did well in the first period and that was the deciding factor.”
The British team is aiming to qualify for its first Olympics since the 1948 Games, when it finished fifth. Great Britain hasn’t won a medal since they shocked the world by take home gold at the 1936 Games, which was actually the first time they ever put a “British born” team on the ice. They had previously won bronze in 1924 after poaching Canadian soldiers and university students for the team.
Netherlands and Ukraine also won its groups over the weekend to advance in qualification.
After two and a half weeks of brilliant sport, the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics will officially close.
NBCOlympics.com: How to watch the Closing Ceremony
The Winter Olympics have born witness to some truly remarkable events, from Ester Ledecka winning two gold medals in two different sports to Team USA’s improbable curling run.
Jessie Diggins, who won the U.S.’s first cross-country Olympic gold with teammate Kikkan Randall, will be the flag bearer for the United States.
Join Terry Gannon, Tara Lipinski, and Johnny Weir as they host the Closing Ceremony on TV and online at primetime.
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History was made in PyeongChang in all sorts of ways, but the U.S. figure skaters put their name in the books at these Winter Games.
Here’s a look at all the ways figure skaters from Team USA pushed the sport forward in 2018.
Nathan Chen is the first skater to hit five clean quads in a free skate at the Olympics
Nathan Chen was disappointed in his short program, where he took a few unexpected tumbles. With medal contention seeming out of the picture, Chen was able to freely skate without pressure.
Despite missing his first quad attempt, Chen nailed the subsequent five to move all the way up to fifth place.
Mirai Nagasu is the first U.S. woman to do a triple Axel at the Olympics
It was this moment that really put the Americans in medal contention for the team event. A move rarely done by any competitors at all, Nagasu laid it all on the line and perfectly executed her triple Axel.
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