Great Britain face arguably their biggest test of the 2019 IIHF World Championships this evening, when they face top seeds Canada in Košice.
“These are the games you dream about playing when you’re growing up. We’re under no illusions how tough of a team we’re up against, but we have to stick together and to our game plan. The fans were incredible yesterday and we’ll need them again tonight.” Ben Bowns (Goalie, Great Britain)
A side made up entirely of NHL players, Pete Russell’s side will try to hold their own after an impressive start despite a 3-1 defeat to Germany. For Team GB, if the tables and pre-tournament rankings were to be turned on their head it would mean a first win over Canada since 1938.
“It’s going to be a big challenge that’s for sure. Of course, it’s one of the more high-profile games of the tournament for us, but we have such a great spirit so we will give it our best shot.” David Phillips (Defenseman, Great Britain
Despite having one of the strongest rosters in the competition, Canada were beaten on opening day 3-1 by Finland. Philadelphia Flyers rookie goalie Carter Hart will start tonight’s game, off the back of 31 games in his first NHL season, saving 91.7% of shots.
“We’re coming in and trying to win the game, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing against. We have to play the Canadian way, execute a structure in our system, and be good at what we do.” – Mathieu Joseph (Forward, Canada
Although Colorado Avalanche centre Tyson Jost and Columbus Blue Jackets centre Pierre-Luc Dubois were added to the roster this weekend, they will not be in the lineup against GB for Team Canada
“We need to come out and play an overall better game than we did against Finland. We’re trying to get our game to a good level, and we’re very aware that we have some work to do here. We have a few guys on our team that have only played two games in the last month, and sometimes it takes you a little bit of time to get your rhythm back. It’s about us getting better as each game goes.” Alain Vigneault (Head Coach, Canada)
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