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GB FALL TO CROATIA IN OPENING GAME PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Offers   
Sunday, 20 April 2014 12:36

Dundee Stars Paul Swindlehurst picked up the Man of the Match award, in his debut game for Great Britain, as GB fell to a 4-0 defeat to Croatia this afternoon in Lithuania.

The opening game of the IIHF Division 1B World Championships saw the Croatians pull off a surprise victory despite being outshot by 33 to 18.

Great Britain opened the game the stronger of the two teams with Mate Tomljenovic being called into early action in the Croatian net. As Great Britain kept pushing forward the Croatians looked to hit on the break, and on 12:56 GB were caught flat footed as Michael Novak skated across goal and saw his low backhand shot creep under Steven Murphy in the GB net.

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CHRISTIANSEN - EVERYONE IS FOCUSED PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 April 2014 11:33

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."

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 11:35
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CHRISTIANSEN NAMES FINAL 23-MAN SQUAD FOR LITHUANIA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Offers   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 23:10

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 Belefast 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.

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PHILLIPS CONFIRMED AS CAPTAIN PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 April 2014 11:30

Sheffield Steelers forward Jonathan Phillips has been confirmed as Great Britain captain in Lithuania, while Steelers defenceman Danny Meyers and Nottingham Panthers d-man Jonathan Weaver will be his assistants

GB arrived in Vilnius this afternoon and will train for the first time tomorrow morning at the Siemens Arena.

They then play their first match of the World Championship (Division 1B) tournament on Sunday against Croatia (11am UK time).

Head coach, Doug Christiansen, said: "Having worked with Jonathan Phillips over the last few years, it is clear he leads by example.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 April 2014 11:35
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CHRISTIANSEN REDUCES SQUAD TO 25 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Annette Petrie   
Monday, 14 April 2014 10:31

Great Britain head coach Doug Christiansen has narrowed his squad down to 25 players following back-to-back matches against Netherlands this weekend.

There are a few injuries in the GB camp, so Christiansen will delay naming his final 23 for the World Championship (Division 1B) until later in the week.

Christiansen released four players from his squad tonight - Sam McCluskey, James Griffin, Jonathan Boxill and Matt Haywood.

The remaining 25 players will continue with the training camp this week.

Christiansen said: "We have had a few players out this weekend and we want to give them as much time as possible to heal.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 23:05
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