GB endure tough start to Championships Team GB have played well but faced stellar goaltending

BUDAPEST, Hungary – GB face Italy on Wednesday knowing any positive result against the highly-ranked Italians would be a huge boost ahead of crucial match-ups against Korea and Japan later in the week.  

To date, GB have suffered two defeats, going down 4-2 against host Hungary before a 5-0 loss against a quality Kazakhstan team.  

GB have put in two committed and disciplined displays though. Britain took the lead against Hungary and matched the Magyars for large parts of the game. IIHF

 Despite suffering a heavy defeat against the Kazaks, Britain outshot their opponents and if it wasn’t for some outstanding goaltending from Kolesnik in their opponents net GB would have been able to establish themselves in the contest.

 Other results in the group have generally gone as would be expected with the first five match ups seeing the higher ranked team claim the victory.

 However in Monday evenings game, Korea shocked Hungary and the hockey world when they came back from 4-1 down to claim a 4-4 draw and then take the extra point on offer thanks to a penalty shootout success.

 Korea’s unlikely victory means GB are currently joint bottom of the standings with Japan as neither side has yet to pick up a point in these championships.

 Japan take on Korea in the first game on day three of the championships so by the time GB next take to the ice Tony Hand’s men cod find themselves bottom of the Round robin group standings.

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