GB target third victory

Great Britain are back in World Championship (Division 1B) action on Wednesday as they face Lithuania in Zagreb.

After Sunday’s 4-1 win over the hosts Croatia, GB were made to work for their 4-3 overtime victory over Estonia on Monday.

It means GB sit third in the table after two games with five points, behind leaders Lithuania and second-placed Ukraine.

Stevie Lee says he is content with the start GB have made to the tournament.

“Monday wasn’t our best game but we did actually find a way to win,” said Lee. “That win was very, very important for us and now we look ahead.

“Next up it is Lithuania tomorrow and we want three points from that – and hopefully we can get it done.”

“They are going to be fast, big and strong. They are going to defend well. We just have to take our chances when they come and be strong defensively.”

Mark Richardson - training

Mark Richardson is also happy with GB’s opening results, despite two contrasting performances.

“We came here to win five games and, as of now, we have won both our games,” he said.

“I think we can take a lot out of both games. Our performance against Croatia was very good. We played well at times on Monday, but there are a lot of areas we can look at and improve.

“In a tournament like this, maybe it is a blessing in disguise. We can look at those areas and it can help us push on.

“We have played Lithuania a couple of times over the last few years and they have been very close games.

“They work hard and they keep skating. They have some very good skill as well. It is going to be a very tough game.”

GB have lost their last two games against Lithuania, but David Phillips believes a victory is possible.

He said: “The way the teams are and the way the tournament is, I think we need to win every game – we know that and we know what our goals are.

“We are now looking ahead to Lithuania. We need to beat them, dust that one off and move on. We can’t rely on other teams beating other teams and games going in your favour.

“We just have to do our business ourselves and that’s what we want. They are a tricky opponent to play against, but in my eyes they are a team we should be beating.

“We have lost the last two games to them, but they are a team we need to beat.”

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