GB facing tough Lithuania test

Matthew Myers is happy with the start Great Britain have made to their World Championship (Division 1B) tournament in Belfast, but admits the team face a tough test against Lithuania on Wednesday.

Both sides have picked up two victories so far and Myers (above) believes GB will need to stay focused throughout the game if they’re to make it three in a row.

“We’ve won two games, which is what you want to be in with a chance of winning the tournament,” said Myers.

“We didn’t play our best hockey in both middle periods, so we need to address that and come out in all three periods against Lithuania with the intensity we showed in the third against Estonia.

“They’ve had a good start and it will be a test for us, but we will be a test for them. It will be a good game to play and to watch and if we play the right way, the way we know we can play, then we can come out on top.

Myers has been on top form in the faceoff circle, winning 75% of the draws so far, as well as chipping in with two assists in the win over Estonia.

“We’ve played a lot better in the third periods and started to get some offense going. Personally I don’t care if I don’t get another point or win another face-off, as long as the team wins the gold medal.

“If everyone chips in and does their job then we’ll be just fine, and I am looking forward to being part of that.”

Robert Lachowicz backed up Myers’ thoughts on Lithuania and believes they pose a big threat to GB’s hopes of securing promotion to Division 1A.

“Lithuania will be a tough test, but we have made a good start to the tournament,” he said.

“We have come to win a gold medal and have a good chance, but we must not get ahead of ourselves.

“Everyone is looking forward to the game and we are focused on the challenge ahead.”

(Image permission: Dean Woolley)

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