Today wrapped up the round robin portion of the World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) tournament, and there were a number of important games on the schedule. In case you missed the action, here is a summary:
- GB vs. SVK – Team Great Britain picked up their first win of the tournament with a convincing 7-1 win over Slovakia. With the win, the Brits improve to 1-1 with a shootout loss and Slovakia falls to 0-3, also with a shootout loss.
- RUS vs. CAN – The next game on the men’s side featured the hosts, Russia taking on Team Canada. Although this game was close, the Canadians continue to steamroll through the tournament winning 3-0. The win locks up first place for Team Canada at 4-0 while after a great start, Russia has lost two straight and fall to 2-2.
- GB vs. CZE – Finally, Team Great Britain were back on the floor later in the evening to take on Team Czech Republic. It was clear there was still some animosity between these two teams from last year’s tournament but, when the dust settled, the Czechs came out with a 3-2 win, and improve to 3-1 while Great Britain falls to 1-2 with a shootout loss.
Men’s Final Standings
There were also three games on the women’s side today including a very important match up between Russia and Canada, which would determine first place.
- CAN vs. CZE – Similar to the men’s team, the Canadians have been dominant thus far and today was no different as the women’s team easily dispatched Team Czech Republic 6-0. Canada improves to 3-0 while the Czechs fall to 2-2 in the tournament
- GB vs. USA – Following this game, Team Great Britain picked up their first win of the tournament with a 4-1 win over USA. The win improves the Brits to 1-3 while the Americans fall to 0-4.
- CAN vs. RUS – The last game of the night featured two undefeated teams as the Canadians were back on the floor to take on Team Russia. This game was no let down, as Canada would take the early lead only to see the Russians tie it up with just over five minutes left in the third, sending the game to a shootout. In the shootout, Russia was able to ride their momentum, securing the victory and first place overall.
Women’s Final Standings
The playoff rounds kick off tomorrow and the schedule features:
- Game 1 at 10 a.m. GMT: Great Britain vs. USA – Women
- Game 2 at 12 p.m. GMT: Great Britain vs. Slovakia – Men
- Game 3 at 2 p.m. GMT: Canada vs. Czech Republic – Women
- Game 4 at 4 p.m. GMT: Russia vs. Czech Republic – Men (SEMI)
- Game 5 at 6 p.m. GMT: Canada vs. winner of GB vs. SVK (SEMI)