World Championship action: Finland v Great Britain.

Great Britain Search For Crucial World Championship Win

Great Britain need at least one win from their remaining two fixtures if they are to stay in the top tier of World Championship ice hockey.

GB slipped to a fifth successive defeat at the Steel Arena in Kosice, going down 5-0 against Finland in Slovakia.

The defeat leaves Pete Russell’s side bottom of group A with matches against hosts Slovakia and France to come.

The clash with France surely offers the best chance of the win that GB desperately need.

The game against fifth seeds Finland was scoreless at the end of the first period, but three goals in the second all but ended the match.

Britain face Slovakia on Saturday, while they have a rest day on Sunday before playing France.

A final group game against France – who currently sit seventh of eight teams – will follow and the fixture could well decide which team finishes bottom of Group A.

The bottom placed country in both the eight team divisions contesting the World Championship will be relegated to Division One A for 2020.

BBC Sport ice hockey commentator Seth Bennett analysed GB’s performance, saying: “Once again GB showed their ability to learn from previous performances and they held Finland to a tight game.

An empty net goal and then a late power play marker for the Finns gave the scoreline a more one-sided look than GB deserved.

Defensively they are improving with every game and look to be adjusting to playing at the top level.

Head coach Russell continues to tinker with his line-up to try to find the winning formula and is not far off getting the balance right.

Winger Robert Dowd is putting together a really good series of performances and now just needs a goal to reward his hard work.

Liam Kirk is beginning to find his feet and played his game of the tournament at both ends of the ice and Robert Farmer had his best game since arriving in Kosice.

The one concern will be the lack of powerplay goals.

To beat France in that relegation decider you would think that GB will need to have the better special teams of the two sides and that means getting a few goals with the man advantage.

Next up it is the hosts Slovakia on Saturday which will be played in a crazy atmosphere. It will be an entertaining night.”

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 0, Denmark 9

Wednesday, May 15: USA 6, Great Britain 3

Friday, May 17: Finland 5. Great Britain 0

Saturday, May 18: Great Britain v Slovakia 8.15pm

Monday, May 20: France v Great Britain 4.15pm

GB squad


Ben Bowns – Cardiff Devils

Thomas Murdy – Cardiff Devils

Jackson Whistle – Sheffield Steelers


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


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 Shield – Belfast Giants

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