Team Denmark were too strong for Great Britain this afternoon at the IIHF World Championships in Košice.
Two powerplay goals from the Danes inside the opening inside the opening ten minutes on a 5-on-3, and when Morten Poulsen made it three at 12:11 the game was a good as lost for Pete Russell’s men. Bowns was swapped in net for Whistle at 21:08 after Denmark went four ahead, with four more goals coming in the middle period. A shorthanded Poulsen effort at 51:53 was the game’s final goal, although GB did have a late goal washed out for being played with a high-stick.
“I think that’s the most frustrating game we’ve played. We started well, I took a stupid penalty, and then an unlucky call for the puck to go over the glass, and then we’re down two goals. It’s always an uphill struggle from there against these teams, we know what sort of competition we’re up against, and it didn’t go according to plan there.” said captain Jonathan Phillips after the game. “It was important in the third period that we came out and made an improvement going forward. We were all over the shop before, we were working hard but not smart at all, and it was back to basics. Some of the mistakes we were making as a team was just basic stuff for us, and we have to be better than that. This one will hurt, but we need to learn from those first two periods and take that going forward now.”
The GB captain added: “Each game you play you can learn from. Today has taught us that we need to be switched on from the very beginning and mentally smart for 60 minutes, otherwise we’re very quickly three our four goals down.”
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