Great Britain’s 2019 IIHF World Championships campaign got off to a promising start in Košice despite going down 3-1 to Germany.
Pete Russell’s side defended resiliently throughout the game, and while the Olympic silver medalists were often guilty of not finding the target or troubling Ben Bowns enough with their chances, there were also chances at the other end that were only an inch or two away from the result being different.
Mike Hammond got GB’s first goal for 25 years at elite group level when he tied the game at 43:36, after Moritz Seider had put Germany ahead with 39 seconds left in period two. Goals from Yasin Ehliz and Leon Draisaitl 84 seconds apart had Germany two ahead with just under seven minutes to go, which was enough to earn them the three points.
“We were right back in it when we got that tying goal. It was frustrating, because like in the friendly against Slovakia it was goals where we made mistakes that cost us, rather than the other team breaking us down, mental errors that we have fix,” said Ben Bowns, who stopped 32 of the 35 shots he faced in the game. “But it was more positives than negatives in this one. I don’t think we really played a bad game, maybe a few decisions we need to make better, and be full on for 60 minutes.”
Goal-scorer Hammond added: “We’d had a lot of opportunities before the goal, so it was nice to see one go in. But we are a little frustrated, because we created a lot of chances – we take that as a positive. We were relentless in that game, no-one strays from the system and we work hard for each other.”
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