Great Britain defeated by Slovakia in final World Championship warm-up game

Great Britain were beaten 6-1 by Slovakia in Poprad on Saturday in their final warm-up game ahead of the upcoming World Championship tournament.

Peter Russell’s side produced a spirited performance against the side ranked 10th in the world, with Robert Farmer on target for GB in the second period.

GB were within a goal of Slovakia with five minutes remaining in the middle session, but the hosts – helped by two powerplay markers – scored four unanswered goals to secure the win.

Forward Jonathan Phillips believes GB can take plenty of positives from the game.

“Slovakia came at us hard in the opening stages, but we rode that out and grew into the game the longer it went on,” he said.

“I felt we fully deserved our goal and at that stage it was a one-goal game and we felt we were right in it.

“Slovakia showed their class in the third period and took the game away from us, but we can take positives from that performance for sure.

“We certainly now know the standards we are going to have to achieve at this tournament and it was great preparation for us.

“Our training in Slovakia so far has been excellent and we are looking forward to another week of solid practice ahead of our first game.”

(Image permission: Andrej Galica)