hockey

AP

Great Britain gets first win at men’s ice hockey worlds in 57 years

Leave a comment

Lord Stanley would be proud. Great Britain’s men’s ice hockey team pulled off its biggest win in more than a half-century on Monday.

Great Britain beat France 4-3 in overtime at the world championship in Slovakia, in its last game of the tournament, to avoid relegation and remain in the top division of worlds in 2020 with the likes of the U.S., Canada and Russia.

France, whose streak of 12 straight top-level world championship appearances ends, had led 3-0 in the second period.

“We just don’t know when we are beaten,” golden-goal scorer Ben Davies said, according to Ice Hockey U.K. “This just underlines what GB is all about.”

It marked the Brits’ first win at a top-level worlds or Olympics since 1962. Great Britain last qualified for an Olympics in 1948. Its only top-level world championship appearance since 1962 was in 1994, when it lost all five games by a combined 44-7.

At these worlds, Great Britain was outscored 38-5 in its first six games, all losses. It came into the 16-nation event as the lowest-ranked team at No. 22 in the world.

“No one knows anything about U.K. hockey, and the first couple of days here people were laughing at us,” defenseman Ben O’Connor said, according to The New York Times, which reported that fans dressed as Queen Elizabeth II, Mary Poppins, Beefeaters, cricket bats and the Olympic ski jumper Eddie “the Eagle” Edwards to the Brits’ 6-3 loss to the U.S. last Wednesday.

(h/t @OlympicStatman)

MORE: Female hockey stars boycott pro leagues

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

Patrick Kane breaks Miracle on Ice star’s world championship points record

Patrick Kane
AP
Leave a comment

KOSICE, Slovakia (AP) — Patrick Kane scored a goal and had two assists to become the United States’ all-time leading scorer at the world hockey championship in 6-3 win over Britain on Wednesday.

The three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time Olympian finished the game with 36 points, surpassing the 33 points U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Johnson had at the world championships. Johnson led the Americans with 11 goals when they won Olympic gold in 1980.

“It’s special when you think of all the great American players, all the kids that grow up in the USA, dreaming of playing hockey, dreaming of playing for their country,” Kane said. “I’ve really enjoyed this tournament. This is my third time over here. It would be really nice to win it more than anything. The personal achievements and accolades are pretty nice, too.”

The Americans won bronze last year at the world championship in Denmark, where Kane had a tournament-high 20 points and was named MVP. Kane first appeared at the world championship in 2008, when the U.S. was eliminated in the quarterfinals with a loss to Finland.

Kane has helped the U.S. win three straight games in Group A since opening with a loss to the host Slovaks. The Americans have preliminary-round games remaining against Denmark, Germany and Canada.

The British Team, which returned to the top division for the first time in 25 years, had a relatively strong showing after losing to Germany by two goals and getting routed by Canada and Denmark. Mike Hammond scored late in the first period to pull Britain into a 1-all tie. The British team scored in each of the three periods against the U.S. after having only one goal and giving up 20 goals in the previous three games.

Switzerland stayed undefeated in Group B as Andreas Ambuhl scored twice in a 4-1 win over Norway. The Swiss will likely be tested as they close the preliminary round against Sweden, Russia and the Czech Republic.

MORE: Female hockey stars boycott pro leagues

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

Brody Roybal’s golden goal lifts U.S. to sled hockey world title

Leave a comment

Brody Roybal scored the world championship-winning golden goal, lifting the U.S. sled hockey team past Canada 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.

Roybal, the PyeongChang Paralympic tournament MVP, beat Canadian goalie Dominic Larocque 5:08 into the extra period. The U.S. forced OT when Princeton junior Declan Farmer scored with 3:26 left in regulation of the final in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The sequence proved similar to last year’s Paralympic final, when Farmer scored a last-minute tying goal and then a golden goal to beat Canada.

The U.S. and Canada have met in four straight world championship finals, trading the biennial titles.

Josh Pauls scored the U.S.’ first goal in the second period. Longtime goalie Steve Cash made eight saves. A full box score is here.

Roybal, born without femurs, was the youngest member of the entire 2014 U.S. Paralympic team at age 15. Last fall, he climbed Chicago’s Willis Tower’s 2,149 stairs using his upper body, arms and hands in 71 minutes (video here).

MORE: Russia’s Paralympic doping ban ends, with conditoins

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!