GB slump to heavy loss as Danes hit nine

(PHOTO: Dean Woolley)

GB captain Jonathan Phillips says it’s important he and the team put today’s 9-0 loss to Denmark behind them in what turned into a sobering Group A experience.

In a game they perhaps had an eye on winning, everything that could have gone wrong did for Pete Russell’s men.

But Phillips was quick to cleanse his soul of that game as USA are next for GB tomorrow.

“That was a frustrating,” he said. ”We started well, then I took a stupid penalty where I got my stick up, then we were unlucky enough when the puck went out to make a five-on-three. 

(PHOTO: Dean Woolley)

“The next thing you know, we’re down two goals and it was an uphill struggle from there.”

“We weren’t good tonight that’s the bottom line. We know we can do much, much better and have to accept that the performance we put in was not acceptable, but we can move on quickly from this.

“We have a big game coming up tomorrow so the important thing is to not dwell on it and put it to the back of our minds.”

Three goals in the first period suddenly made things a lot difficult for GB, kicked off by two powerplay goals as Jesper Jensen finished off a good move in a five-on-three for the Danes.

Then Mathias Bau added a quick second with a shot across Ben Bowns and all of a sudden, it started to look like a long afternoon in the Steel Arena.

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Morten Poulsen made it 3-0 with a shot at the left circle that went in short side and despite Ben O’Connor and Matthew Myers managing to test Sebastien Daum in the Denmark net, there wasn’t a way through.

A fourth goal barely a minute into the second period from Phillip Brugisser signalled a change in the net as Bowns was withdrawn in favour of Jackson Whistle.

Another two goals compounded the misery as the Danes were well on top as Lars Eller struck with a one-timer to take the scoreline to five followed swiftly by Nicklas Jensen, finishing into the roof of the net.

Robert Lachowicz was unlucky with his shot hitting the side of the net, but Denmark made it seven without reply up the other end as Nicklas Jensen notched his second.

Poulsen also joined his team-mate with his own brace with a finish from the left side before completing his hat-trick in the third period and setting a Danish record as the first time they’ve scored more than six in a single game.

For GB, it’s a quick turnaround when they take USA in their fourth game of the competition.

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