Great Britain Women U18 were beaten 3-0 by Austria at the World Championship (Division 1B) tournament in Katowice on Tuesday.
Ella Howard played well in goal, making 42 saves, while GB had some good chances at the other end with Chloe Headland and Emily Harris going close to scoring.
Lena Daubock opened the scoring after five minutes for Austria, but it wasn’t until late in the game that they added to their tally as Emma Mortl and Emma Hofbauer secured the points.
Head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “I’m so proud of the whole squad. They knew they needed to respond after the Norway game and they did that.
“We had momentum at times, but ran into penalties which turned the tables and then we had to rebuild.
“We gave them very specific instructions and they stuck to them. We made a bad change and it cost us the first goal, but from then on we pushed hard.
“We nullified their game in our defensive zone and at times they had no answer. Their second came from a powerplay goal, but up until that moment we had Austria on the back foot and I felt we were going to score.
“Sometimes hockey can be cruel. All I know now is our first period tomorrow has to be as good as today’s game.”
GB’s final match is against Poland on Wednesday (face-off 7.00pm UK time).