Great Britain find Kazakhstan too hot to handle in Hungary

Great Britain were beaten 6-1 by Kazakhstan in their second game at the World Championship (Division 1A) tournament in Budapest on Tuesday.

After Sunday’s stunning 3-1 victory over the top seeds Slovenia, GB shocked Kazakhstan with an early Luke Ferrara strike before the world’s 17th-ranked┬ánation roared back with six unanswered goals.

Ferrara’s first GB goal in only his second World Championship match came as he fired home neatly from the slot in the second minute.

GB dominated the opening stages and Ben Davies, Robert Dowd and Ben O’Connor all went close on the same shift as Kazakhstan chased shadows.

But they drew level with a well-worked powerplay goal when Dmitri Grents slotted the puck past Ben Bowns at the backdoor after 14 minutes.

Kazakhstan turned on the style after the first intermission and scored two goals in two minutes by Anton Sagadeyev and Roman Starchenko made it 3-1 by the second buzzer.

Starchenko scored his second of the night early in the third session and further goals by Nikita Mikhailis and Alikhan Asetov completed the scoring.

Assistant coach, Adam Keefe, said: “Kazakhstan are a great side and they showed their class out there.

“But we can take positives from the game. We had a great start and more than matched them in the first period.

“Five-on-five we really competed, but they were lethal on the powerplay. Teams at this level will hurt you with the man advantage.

“But we have a great group of guys and they won’t let this get them down. We have already shown we can compete at this level and we are looking forward to taking on Poland.”

GB against Poland faces-off tomorrow at 3.00pm UK time.

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