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Buglass in action for Britain's youngsters; ICE HOCKEY.

CARDIFF Devils defenceman Callum Buglass was in the Great Britain team for their opening game at the World Under-18 Ice Hockey Championship (Division 2A) in Scotland.

The match ended in a close-fought 6-4 defeat, Netherlands adding a late empty net goal to clinch victory, and head coach Martin Grubb said: "I am frustrated and disappointed.

"We did some very good things in the game, but then some lost their discipline.

"But we will re-group and I still believe we are very much in this tournament. There is a long way to go.

"We have the character to bounce back and get going in this tournament.

"The tournament is still wide open as I feel all teams will drop points."

Britain played Korea in Dumbarton last night, while they still have Romania, Croatia and Lithuania to face.

In their opening match Britain fell behind when Netherlands took the lead at five minutes 51 seconds when Wessel Copier scored, but GB stayed calm and hit back with two goals in 55 seconds.

Lee Bonner pounced on a rebound (7-55) and 15-year-old Sam Duggan skated in from the left and put his side ahead with cool backhand finish (8-50). It was a first GB goal for both players.

Netherlands levelled as the first period came to a close through Guss van Nes at 19-21.

GB scored the only goal of the second period when captain Lewis Hook produced a great feed for Duggan, who advanced at the backdoor to bury his second goal of the night (24-07). But Netherlands took advantage of some GB indiscipline to turn the game around.

Giovanni Vogelaar scored two powerplay bullets - the first with a twoman advantage - at 49-19 and 51-20 to put his side ahead.

Remarkably, six seconds later from the face-off, Ivan Antonov and Oliver Betteridge set up Alex Forbes to score.

Van Nes put Netherlands ahead again at 52-45 and Max Hermens scored into an empty net to complete the victory at 59-02. There were opening-day wins for Lithuania, who beat Croatia 4-0, while Korea defeated Romania 6-5 after a penalty shootout.

Buglass will be ruled out for the final Cardiff Devils National Ice Hockey League match of the regular season, at Milton Keynes Thunder on Saturday, but he will be back for the play-off quarter-finals the following weekend.

Devils play Invicta at Cardiff Bay Arena on Saturday, April 5 with the return in the Medway Towns the following night.

Head coach Mark Cuddihy and his NIHL Devils were without a match last weekend, while they now travel to face bottom club Milton Keynes.

Cuddihy will take a large group with him, calling up a number of NIHL Two players for a match to be played at MK Thunder.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUNE
Date:Mar 26, 2014
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