GB boost promotion hopes with Lithuania rout

Great Britain produced a phenomenal performance as they beat Lithuania 8-0 in their third game at the World Championship (Division 1B) in Zagreb.

It was an afternoon of outstanding displays from front to back, with GB limiting Lithuania to only 10 shots and Ben Bowns securing a shutout.

There were special moments for Ross Venus and Robert Lachowicz who scored their first World Championship goals.

GB were without Robert Dowd who spent last night in hospital after complaining of abdominal pains, but he returned to watch the game from the stands.

Jonathan Phillips’ short-handed effort after eight minutes put GB 1-0 up, with Ashley Tait doubling the lead late in the first period.

Ross Venus added a third just 13 seconds into the second session, before Robert Lachowicz and Ben O’Connor made it 5-0 by the midway point in the game.

Further goals by Jonathan Boxill, Russell Cowley and Colin Shields put GB 8-0 ahead by the second buzzer.

There was no further scoring in the third period as GB moved up to second in the Division 1B table on eight points, a point behind Ukraine who have nine points from three matches.

Head Coach Pete Russell said: “That was a brilliant performance and one everyone should be very proud of.

“I would say it was the best performance since I became head coach. We took it to them from the off and we were relentless.

“There were so many good performances across the ice and everyone gave it everything they had.

“This is a massive result for us and the guys should enjoy it, they deserve it.”

GB return to action on Friday when they face Romania (12 noon UK time).

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