Lawday Deserves International Call Up

Cardiff Fire goaltender Jordan Lawday will be representing Great Britain Under 20s at this year’s Division 2A World Junior Championships in Dumfries, Scotland.

Nineteen-year-old Lawday joined the Fire midway through the current NIHL South campaign, and despite the Fires struggles, he’s been one of the teams most consistent performers and best players.

It’s been a dismal season for the Cardiff Fire this year as they sit rooted to the bottom of the standings, still searching for their first win of the 2017/18 season, and despite some heavy score lines so far, they’d likely be higher if it wasn’t for Lawday between the pipes.

Lawday joined the Fire after starting the year with the Odgen Mustangs in the USA and has gone on to start almost every game since.

A product of the Basingstoke junior system, he’s posted an 87.53% save percentage in 8 games.

Despite his numbers taking a slight hit due to the team’s struggles, he’s often facing 50+ shots a night and has made some highlight reel saves in his brief stint in Cardiff so far.

No stranger to the GB set-up, Lawday has represented GB at Under 18 level previously and will be alongside Ethan James of the Essa Stallions who was Lawday’s goalie partner at the Under 18 World Championships in 2015-16.

GB struggled at least years World Juniors, finishing last in Division 1B but will look to use their home ice advantage in order to jump straight back up as they play hosts in Dumfries Ice Bowl.

When the tournament gets underway on December 10th, GB will face Romania, before facing off against Estonia, Netherlands and Korea, before their final game against Japan on December 16th.

Head coach Slava Koulikov said “I think we have a well-balanced squad and competition for places was really fierce.

“Everyone is looking forward to the World Championship and it will be even more special with it being on home ice.”

GB will be looking good going into the tournament, most likely led by 19-year-old Sam Duggan who plays for the under 20 side of Örebro HK in Sweden.

Other notable players on the GB side include Cole Shudra and Liam Kirk of the Sheffield Steelers, as well as 17-year-old Jordan Buesa of the Braehead Clan.

Oliver Hampson

Feature Picture Credit: http://www.eiha.co.uk

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