Bowns delight at big win, but Weaver warns against complacency

Netminder Ben Bowns has paid tribute to his Great Britain teammates after their 8-0 victory against Lithuania at the World Championship (Division 1B) tournament in Zagreb.

There were eight different goalscorers for GB, while Bowns secured the first shutout of his international career.

The result moved GB up to second in the group, a point behind leaders Ukraine.

“It was unreal to watch,” said Bowns. “I said after the Croatia game, that was the best I have seen GB since I came into the programme.

“But last night we absolutely blew that to pieces. It was just sheer domination from the get-go.

“When Jonathan Phillips got the first goal short-handed, it just kick-started us. It rattled them and we then just kept going and going.

“It sounds quiet cheesy but I was really proud of the guys.”

Jonathan Weaver has warned GB against complacency ahead of Friday’s game against Romania (face-off 12noon UK time).

“It’s an old cliché but you really do have to take each game as it comes – you have to give Romania the respect they deserve,” he said.

“They are at the World Championship and they have to be treated accordingly. We need to go out there on Friday businesslike and hopefully put on a performance.

“We need to get a win and start thinking about Ukraine after that.”

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