BUDAPEST, Hungary – GB suffered their third defeat of the World Championships on Wednesday when Italy defeated Tony Hands Brits by 5 – 1.
GB went behind early on, however Robert Falmer leveled the game up near the seven-minute mark when he netted a superb goal. Britain matched Italy for most of the opening two periods of hockey and were only 2-1 behind going into the final stanza of play.
The game turned on its head early in the third period though as GB just missed out on an equalising goal to see Italy launch a swift counter attack and net their third strike of the match.
Thirteen seconds later a shell-shocked GB conceded again when Gadner lit the lamp for Italy.
There were numerous powerplay opportunities late in the game for both sides, however the only goal in the remainder of the contest was a shorthanded Italian effort after 48 minutes of action.
Robert Falmer was selected as GB’s man of the match. Star netminder Stephen Murphy was rested towards the end of the game with Hull Stingrays youngster Ben Bowns getting some ice time in the final five minutes.
All teams have a rest day on Thursday ahead of the final two rounds of games which will be played on Friday and Saturday.
Britain currently sit bottom of the standings with 0 points from three games. Korea are 5th with 2 points with Japan in 4th on 3 points.
Towards the top of the group Italy lead the way with 9 points, the hosts Hungary have 7 points with the highly fancied Kazaks in 3rd with 6 points.
One side is relegated from this pool with the 2 top teams gaining promotion to the elite group of nations that compete at the summit of international ice hockey.
GB take on Japan on Friday afternoon before a clash with Korea on Saturday lunch time.
Despite their slow start to these Championships Britain could still finish respectably in mid table if Tony Hand’s men can pick up victories against both Korea and Japan.
GB claimed successes against both Japan and Korea in Olympic qualifying match-ups late last year so it is hoped Britain can replicate those results when they get back onto the ice and avoid relegation.