Bowns the star of the show as Great Britain run Slovakia close

Great Britain were defeated 2-1 by Slovakia in their second game at the World Championship tournament in Latvia on Sunday.

Liam Kirk scored GB’s goal, while netminder Ben Bowns saved 41 of the 43 shots he faced.

Marek Hrivik and Robert Lantosi were on target for Slovakia as they recorded their second successive victory.

GB co-coach, Adam Keefe, said: “This was a terrific performance, and we have come off the ice disappointed we did not get more out of the game.

“That shows how far we have come in the past few years. We took Slovakia close this afternoon, and if a few bounces had gone our way it could’ve been a different story.

“We want to keep building as the tournament goes on, and that performance is clear evidence we are getting stronger.

“We now have to rest up, get back on the ice tomorrow and plan for Tuesday’s game against Denmark.”

(Image permission: Dean Woolley)