Great Britain record impressive victory over Dinamo Riga

Great Britain beat KHL side Dinamo Riga 3-1 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Skydome in Coventry on Wednesday.

Luke Ferrara, Ben Lake and Ben O’Connor got the goals, while Ben Bowns turned away 41 of the 42 shots he faced.

GB took the lead following a quick break down the ice as Ferrara scored with a neat finish.

At the other end, Bowns produced a number of quality saves, including a top-class double stop at his near post.

Lake, in his first appearance in a GB shirt, broke short-handed and cut inside from the right to fire low and put GB into a 2-0 lead early in the second period.

Riga scored on the powerplay after 52 minutes with Edijs Branmanis converting to reduce the deficit, but O’Connor scored into an empty net to seal the victory with 43 seconds to play.

Head coach, Pete Russell, said: “It was great night to play at a packed Skydome in front of so many passionate fans.

“We played immense tonight and it was fantastic to see us do so well against a quality KHL side.

“It is important to get quality games in ahead of the World Championship and this enabled us to do that.”

(Image permission: Dean Woolley)