Netminder Ben Bowns believes Lithuania will provide Great Britain with a stern test ahead of next month’s World Championship tournament in Budapest.
GB host Lithuania in Milton Keynes on Saturday, 14th April (7.00pm), in an international challenge game before the two sides meet the following day at Coventry’s Skydome (5.15pm).
The two nations have met six times in World Championship action since 2007 with three wins each, although GB have won the last two encounters, including last year in Belfast on their way to promotion to Division 1A.
“We always have good games against Lithuania and make no mistake about it they will be a tough opposition,” said Bowns.
“We may have won the last two matches, but they gave us no end of problems in 2015 in Eindhoven.
“They have a great goalie and some star names on the roster who can really hurt you if you let down your guard.
“They got a deserved bronze medal in Belfast and they will no doubt be looking to improve on that this year.”
Lithuania are hosting the Division 1B tournament on home ice in Kaunas at the end of next month at the same time as GB will be making their return to their second tier of the World Championship structure.
“The boys are already talking about Budapest and it will be great to come up against some top-class nations,” added Bowns.
“There will be competition for places throughout the squad to make the final roster and that’s a healthy situation to be in.”
Before 23.59 on Sunday, 8th April
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To buy tickets for GB against Lithuania at Milton Keynes, visit the box office in person, log on to the website and click ‘Events’ or telephone 01908 540020. Away seating is in block nine.
To buy tickets for GB against Lithuania at the Skydome in Coventry, visit the box office in person, log on to the website and click ‘Ice Hockey Tickets’ or call 02476 630693. Away seating is in block eight.
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