GB Women set up winner-takes-all showdown with Netherlands

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Great Britain Women set up a winner-takes-all showdown with Netherlands after a 4-1 victory over Slovenia at the World Championship (Division 2A) tournament in Maribor on Wednesday.

Angela Taylor took her tally for the tournament to four goals, while netminder Nicole Jackson turned away 15 of the 16 shots she faced.

GB went ahead in the 16th minute when Beth Hill scored her second goal of the tournament as she floated the puck past Pia Dukaric from the left point.

Britain dominated on the shot count in the first period, but Jackson had to be at her best to keep out efforts from Sara Confidenti and Pia Pren.

Katie Henry netted her second goal in as many games with a smart backhand finish on the doorstep early in the second period.

Taylor then put GB 3-0 ahead as she found room in the right circle for a pinpoint finish past Dukaric after 24 minutes.

GB saw the game out in the final period and Sophie Herbert made it four when she scored on the rebound after Sarah Hutchinson’s shot was saved.

Slovenia had their best spell of the match and Confidenti’s neat finish five minutes from the end got the hosts on the scoresheet.

Assistant coach, James Ashton, said: “We played a pretty solid game across the 60 minutes. We had moments where we weren’t at our best but I thought we defended really well.

“It is great to have four lines of depth and everyone contributing across the ice. We now need to keep the girls grounded ahead of the game on Friday.”

GB’s gold-medal game with Netherlands takes place on Friday (face-off 3.30pm UK time).

Both sides are level on 12 points with four wins from four, so the winners will be promoted to Division 1B for next season.