GB U20 need point to secure Division 1B status

Great Britain Under-20s need a point from this evening’s final game against Japan (8pm) to secure their World Championship (Division 1B) status.

The GB youngsters, who are fifth in the table, have three points while Japan are bottom without a point.

A regulation-time victory for Japan is the only way they can catch GB in the standings.

France play Kazakhstan in the game’s first day (1pm) with both sides desperate for a win to keep their gold-medal hopes alive.

Italy, who face Ukraine at 4:30pm, know that a win will secure their promotion to Division 1A.

GB U20 head coach, Pete Russell, said: “The boys are focused and they know what they have to do.

“It’s a massive test for them against a very, very good side, but we have shown in this tournament we can compete.

“Last night’s game was frustrating but today is a new day. I said at the start that avoiding relegation was our first aim.

“Of course it would be ideal if we could’ve secured our status in this division already, but the task in hand hasn’t changed and they are ready to go.”