Ben Davies in face-off action against Canada.

Cardiff’s Ben On World Championship High In Kosice

Welshman Ben Davies insists Great Britain are having positive thoughts about their bid to stay in the top tier of World Championship ice hockey.

Their next match is against Denmark and former Cardiff Devils forward Davies says: “If we play like we have done so far, I know we will make an impact here.

“We have plenty of positives to take from the first two games.

“We feel we gave Germany a really tough test and that proved we can compete at this level.

“The match against Canada game was something totally different. It was an experience to be out there on the ice with some of the best players in the world.

“Yes, we would like to have done better, but we gave everything we had in the tank.”

GB play Denmark tomorrow and they defeated France in a shootout before losing to Germany and have two points from two matches.

“Despite the Danes not having the best start, they will be another tough opposition for us,” said former Bishop of Llandaff School, Cardfiff pupil Davies, who now plays for Guildford Flames.

GB return to action tomorrow when they face Denmark (4.15pm local time, 3.15pm UK) in the Steel Arena. 

Britain are playing in the top flight for the first time in 25 years and have lost their opening two matches, 3-1 against Olympic silver medalists Germany and 8-0 when they met number one seeds Canada.

Schedule for GB at the 2019 World Championship in Slovakia (face-off times local time).

Saturday, May 11: Germany 3 Great Britain 1

Sunday, May 12: Great Britain 0, Canada 8

Tuesday, May 14: Great Britain v Denmark 4.15pm

Wednesday, May 15: USA v Great Britain 4.15pm

Friday, May 17: Finland v Great Britain 8.15pm

Saturday, May 18: Great Britain v Slovakia 8.15pm

Monday, May 20: France v Great Britain 4.15pm

GB squad

Netminders

Ben Bowns – Cardiff Devils

Thomas Murdy – Cardiff Devils

Jackson Whistle – Sheffield Steelers

Defencemen

Tim Billingsley – Nottingham Panthers

Dallas Ehrhardt – Manchester Storm

Steve Lee – Nottingham Panthers

Evan Mosey – Cardiff Devils

Ben O’Connor – Sheffield Steelers

David Phillips – Sheffield Steelers

Mark Richardson – Cardiff Devils

Paul Swindlehurst – Belfast Giants

Forwards

Ollie Betteridge – Nottingham Panthers

Ben Davies – Guildford Flames

Robert Dowd – Sheffield Steelers

Robert Farmer – Nottingham Panthers

Luke Ferrara – Coventry Blaze

Mike Hammond – Manchester Storm

Liam Kirk – Peterborough Petes

Robert Lachowicz – Nottingham Panthers

Ben Lake – Coventry Blaze

Joey Lewis – ESV Kaufbeuren

Matthew Myers – Cardiff Devils

Brett Perlini – Nottingham Panthers

Jonathan Phillips – Sheffield Steelers

Colin Shields – Belfast Giants

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