Great Britain slip to opening day defeat against Germany

Great Britain were beaten 3-1 by Germany in their opening World Championship game in Slovakia on Saturday.

Robert Lachowicz won his 50th cap, while there were debuts for Tim Billingsley and Ben Lake as they were named on Pete Russell’s 22-man starting roster.

Ben Davies had the game’s first chance, before Ben Bowns had to be at his best with a double stop from close range.

Ben O’Connor went close on a GB powerplay, while Evan Mosey was denied from just out in front thanks to a great save from Mathias Niderberger.

GB made a positive start to the session session with Liam Kirk creating two great openings.

However, Germany took the lead with the period coming to a close as Moritz Seider scored from the right circle in the 39th minute.

GB equalised early in period three when Mike Hammond capitalised on a turnover behind the Germany net after 43 minutes.

Germany regained the lead on the powerplay with Yasin Ehliz converting midway through the final period. Leon Draisaitl wrapped up the victory with Germany’s third goal in the 52nd minute.

GB assistant coach, Adam Keefe, said: “We played with great heart and played a tough game tonight.

“There are a lot of positives to take from it and we can hold our heads up. We have to cut out mistakes, especially at this level as you get punished, but this is something to build on.”

(Image permission: Dean Woolley)