Video coverage of GB's win over Romania

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Re-live Great Britain's 4-1 victory over Romania yesterday in Vilnius in their second game at this year's IIHF World Championship (Division 1B).

Watch the goals and hear the thoughts of head coach Doug Christiansen, along with forwards Ben Davies and Mark Garside, on the latest edition of Ice Hockey UK TV.

Get the flavour and excitement right at the heart of the GB camp, with a camera alongside the GB bench.

Click http://www.icehockeyuk.co.uk/re-live-gb-s-4-1-victory-over-romania-p191827 to watch the special feature from Ice Hockey UK TV

Great Britain 0 Croatia 4

Great Britain were beaten 4-0 by Croatia in their opening game at the
World Championship (Division 1B) in Vilnius.

Despite outshooting Croatia by nearly two to one, GB could find no way
past netminder Mate Tomljenovic, who secured a 33-shot shutout.

Mario Novak put Croatia ahead at 12:56 when he cut inside and neatly
finished on his backhand, while captain Dario Kostovic fired from left
point to make it 2-0 at 19:19.

Croatia scored their third in the second period (27:26) as 38-year-old
defenceman Alan Letang reacted first to a loose puck on the doorstep.

Kostovic netted his second and Croatia's fourth at 46:12 when he
strongly moved away from the blueline and fired from the left circle.

Head coach, Doug Christiansen, said: "I am very disappointed with the
outcome but I tip my hat to Croatia. They were outstanding and buried
their chances.

"In the first and second periods, we had lots opportunities and got
pucks to the net, but we did not win battles at the net.

"It seemed as though when they went down the ice it ended up in the
back of our net.

"We have got to pick ourselves up tomorrow. We have got to be better
than we were today."

GB face Romania in their second game of the tournament tomorrow at 11am
UK time.

Christiansen: Everyone is focused

Great Britain head coach Doug Christiansen says the squad are "raring
to go" ahead of the World Championship (Division 1B) tournament in
Lithuania.

GB arrived in Vilnius yesterday and skated for the first time this
morning.

Christiansen said: "It's a great facility and the ice is pretty good,
all things considered, as it's usually a basketball venue.

"I think the guys just want to get going and so do I.

"The guys are here to win a gold medal and win a lot of hockey games.

"For them to be focused, they need to be ready when the puck drops and
there's no reason why they can't be."

GB begin their tournament with a game against Croatia tomorrow (11am UK
time).

"Everyone looks at Croatia's world ranking (30th) but they are a
totally different team from even last year's tournament," added
Christiansen.

"You look at their roster. They now have NHL experience, significant
AHL experience, so adding those players makes them a much better hockey
team."

All five of GB's game will be live on the BBC Sport website via
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/ice-hockey/17613555

They are also available on Premier Sports TV. Visit
www.premiersports.tv for details about how to subscribe.

 

(Photo Courtesy of Colin Lawson - Ice Hockey Media)

Tait cannot wait to get started

Coventry Blaze forward Ashley Tait says he cannot wait to get started
as Great Britain prepare for their first match at the World Championship
in Lithuania.

GB get under way tomorrow in Division 1B against Croatia (11am UK
time).

Doug Christiansen's side were the first of the six teams on the ice
this morning for training after arriving in Vilnius yesterday afternoon.

Tait, who is currently on 97 caps and is set to reach his 100th cap in
Wednesday's game against Lithuania, said: "There is a great atmosphere
in the camp.

"It was good to get in yesterday and be ready for the training session
today.

"It was an excellent practice and everyone was focused.

"We did a lot of technical work back at the training camps in Coventry
and Sheffield.

"Now it is all about preparing and being focused for the first game.

"Everyone feels very positive. Make no mistake, Croatia will be a tough
test tomorrow.

"They have some top, top players now in their squad, but we are
confident and in a great frame of mind."

All five of GB's game will be live on the BBC Sport website via
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/ice-hockey/17613555

They are also available on Premier Sports TV. Visit
www.premiersports.tv for details about how to subscribe.

Photo courtesy of Colin Lawson (Ice Hockey Media).

Christiansen Names Final Squad For Lithuania

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Great Britain head coach Doug Christiansen has named his final 23-man squad for the World Championship (Division 1B), which gets under way in Vilnius this weekend.

Christiansen had 25 players at the final few days of training camp this week in Sheffield because of some injuries in the squad.

He has decided to release Belfast Giants defenceman Kevin Phillips and Braehead Clan forward Matt Towe from the roster.

It means Paul Swindlehurst (Dundee Stars), Matty Davies (Hull Stingrays) and Mike Will (Braehead) have been named in a men's World Championship squad for the first time.

GB, who fly out to tomorrow, play Croatia in their opening game of the competition on Sunday (11am UK time).

Hosts Lithuania, along with Romania, Netherlands and Poland, will also provide the opposition in the six-team IIHF tournament.

Christiansen said: "I think it was an outstanding camp and all the guys worked hard.

"They are a confident group of guys and it now up to us to go out and prove to the world what we can do.

"The two guys I have released are unlucky. Matt Towe was outstanding. He is an exciting player and will be a national-team player in the future for sure.

"Kevin Phillips had a great season with Belfast and was a big part of the team that won the Elite League title.

"I think our balance of left-handed and right-handed defencemen in the team will pay dividends."

FINAL 23-MAN SQUAD FOR LITHUANIA
Netminders
Ben Bowns - Hull Stingrays
Stephen Murphy - Belfast Giants
Mike Will - Braehead Clan

Defencemen
Steve Lee - Nottingham Panthers
Danny Meyers - Sheffield Steelers
Ben O’Connor - Arlan Kokshetau
David Phillips - Belfast Giants
Mark Richardson - Cardiff Devils
Paul Swindlehurst - Dundee Stars
Jonathan Weaver - Nottingham Panthers

Forwards
David Clarke - Nottingham Panthers
Ben Davies - Cardiff Devils
Matty Davies - Hull Stingrays
Robert Dowd - Sheffield Steelers
Robert Farmer - Nottingham Panthers
Mark Garside - Belfast Giants
Jason Hewitt - Sheffield Steelers
Phil Hill - Sheffield Steelers
Robert Lachowicz - Nottingham Panthers
Matthew Myers - Cardiff Devils
Jonathan Phillips - Sheffield Steelers
Colin Shields - Belfast Giants
Ashley Tait - Coventry Blaze

Off-ice staff
Head Coach - Doug Christiansen
Assistant Coaches - Corey Neilson & Peter Russell
General Manager - Andy Buxton
Equipment Managers - Jason Ellery & Steve Small
Physiotherapists - Nikki Sherlock & Mairi MacPhail
Doctor - Dr Matt Robbins

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