Congratulations to the Steelers own Cheryl Smith who coached the Women’s U18’s side to a Bronze medal at the Women’s World Championship Division I Group B in Dumfries this weekend.
It’s a first medal for GB U18 Women since 2013 and Smith says they have been building towards it.
“We have been so close a couple of times in the last few years, so this is a special moment,” said Smith.
“This has been a fantastic set of players to work with and I am so proud of them.
“Winning a bronze medal on home ice is obviously fantastic, but I am also proud of the way they responded to the coaching staff’s instructions throughout the week.
“We had a shaky start but they came back strong and the win over Norway gave them so much belief.
“There is so much talent in the women’s programme and we are excited about the future.”
Great Britain U18 Women have won the bronze medal at the Under-18 Women’s World Championship Division I Group B after a final-day 4-2 victory over Netherlands U18 Women in Dumfries.
Chloe Headland scored two third-period goals, while Sophie Campbell and Verity Lewis were also on target for GB.
Netminder Ella Howard saved 22 of the 24 shots she faced to cap a memorable week for the youngster as she was named as netminder of the tournament, GB’s player of the tournament and the GB Supporters’ Club player of the tournament.
Howard on form again for GB
Aimee Headland was denied from close range in the opening stages of a scoreless first period, while Chloe Headland shot just wide.
Despite already being relegated, Netherlands looked lively and Howard turned away eight shots, including a top-class double save at the start of the second period.
Campbell puts GB in front
GB went ahead at 24:14 when Campbell put home a rebound after a goalmouth scramble on a delayed penalty.
Britain came so close to a second as great skill from Lucy Beal set up Lizzie Saunders, but Eline Gabriele produced a fantastic save from point-blank range.
Three third-period goals win it for GB
Netherlands equalised when Esther de Jong’s perfect pass sent free Kimberly Collard, who fired top shelf at 41:16.
Two goals in a little over two minutes won it for GB as they claimed their first U18 women’s medal since 2013.
Verity Lewis fired one from the blueline on the powerplay that netminder Gabriele couldn’t hold (51:12), while Chloe Headland scored a stunning individual goal, beating three players before shooting past Gabriele (53:16).
Chloe Headland netted her second with a deflected shot at 57:53, before Netherlands scored a consolation at 59:28 though Fleur Kivits.
Earlier in the day, France won the gold medal and promotion to Division I Group A despite a penalty-shot defeat by Norway, who claimed the silver.
Poland completed their campaign as they came from behind to beat China 4-2 to secure fourth place in the standings.