ICE HOCKEY: World Championship bronze medals for Peterborough Phantoms pair

Cam McGiffin (left) in action for Phantoms.
Cam McGiffin (left) in action for Phantoms.
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Peterborough Phantoms coach Slava Koulikov and defenceman Cam McGiffin have spoken of their pride in becoming World Championship (Division 1B) bronze medallists.

Koulikov was assistant coach of the Great Britain Under 20 side which impressed during the tournament in Megeve, France last week while McGiffin starred on the ice.

Slava Koulikov

Slava Koulikov

GB were one of three teams to finish the tournament locked together on eight points, but they had an inferior goal difference to hosts France, who clinched a dramatic success by beating second-placed Poland in the deciding game last Friday (December 18).

Koulikov said: “It was great to be involved and see young British guys impress on the international stage.

“It is not easy to get results against big nations like France and Ukraine, but the guys battled hard in every game and did themselves proud.”

The GB side had beaten France 4-3 in an earlier game. They also got the better of Ukraine and Slovenia by 3-2 scorelines, but went down to a 9-3 hiding at the hands of Poland.

McGiffin said: “It has been a phenomenal week of hockey for me – that’s the only way I can describe it.

“It was special to play for my country and great to come back and help Phantoms beat a top Guildford team.

“Just being selected for the GB squad was a massive honour and it was brilliant to finish the week with a bronze medal.

“The World Championships hockey was pretty fast and physical so it was pretty similar to the sort of games I’m used to in the EPL.”

Peterborough lad Lewis Hook was named the GB player-of-the-tournament. The former Jack Hunt schoolboy plays his club hockey for Milton Keynes.