Goalies Whistle And Murdy Given GB Chance To Shine

Cardiff Devils netminder Thomas Murdy and Belfast’s Jackson Whistle were given the chance to shine for Great Britain in their international challenge match against Lithuania at Coventry’s Skydome Arena.

Whistle, the son of former Devils coach Dave, started in goal for GB, while he made way for Murdy midway through the game.

Cardiff players Ben Bowns and Mark Richardson were rested along with Ben O’Connor, Liam Kirk, Colin Shields, Jonathan Phillips, Brendan Brooks and Robert Dowd.

Great Britain v Lithuania action. Pic: Scott Wiggins.

Lithuania completed a double over GB with a 7-2 win at the Skydome in the second of two matches, having won 3-2 at Milton Keynes the previous evening.

Head coach Pete Russell iced a more youthful roster on Sunday from his 28-man camp training squad and will cut that number to 23 for the World Championships in Hungary which start next weekend.

GB’s group is in Budapest and Russell’s team open with a match against Slovenia.

They will also face Kazakhstan, Poland, Italy and Hungary in the six-team tournament with the top two teams promoted to the top flight of the World Championship.

Great Britain on the attack against Lithuania. Pic: Scott Wiggins.

Britain and Lithuania were locked at 2-2 after the first period. Paulius Gintautas (4-30) and Emilijus Krakauskas (10-13) scored to put the visitors 2-0 ahead.

GB roared back with two goals from Robert Farmer in three and a half minutes, scoring after 11-42 and 15.10.

Lithuania went 3-2 ahead when a broken play saw Arnoldas Bosas score on an odd-man rush and the visitors’ two-goal lead was restored when Edgar Rybakov potted home a rebound at 32-39.

Going for goal. GB v Lithuania. Pic: Scott Wiggins.

Lithuania scored again 46 seconds into the third period when Bosas scored his second of the game (40-46) and then former NHL forward Dainius Zubrus broke free to score Lithuania’s sixth at 45-01.

Krakauskas fired past Murdy for his second goal on 51 minutes to complete the 7-2 scoreline.

GB head coach Russell, said: “I am disappointed with the result, but it was good to get some of the young players out there.

“These games are about seeing the squad in a match situation and I was able to do that.

“There are many positives to take out of the weekend and this is just one part of our training camp, which will continue next week.”

Great Britain’s under-16 team.

GB Under-16s completed a successful training camp in Scotland with a 6-2 victory over Scotland Under-17s in Dumfries.

The victory came on the back of Saturday’s 7-0 win against the same opposition.

Head coach Steven Lynch, said: “There is a lot of talent in this under-16 programme and that has been evident throughout the weekend.

“These two games were perfect for our preparations for the Swindon tournament at the end of the month.”

GB under-16s play in the Spring Classic, Swindon from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29.

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