GB U18 bounce back with big win

Great Britain U18 recovered from Monday’s World Championship (Division 2A) defeat against Lithuania with a resounding victory over Croatia.

Jordan Lawday got the start in net and the coaching staff rearranged the lines to spread the scoring threat and try to capitalise on the chances created.

Liam Kirk opened the scoring for GB with a powerplay goal after 12 minutes, but Patrik Stancic brought Croatia level just three minutes later.

GB quickly regained their composure, with two quick goals around the 18 minute mark by Adam Finlinson and Matthew Headland putting them 3-1 ahead by the first break.

Mac Howlett made it 4-1 midway through the second period, before Kirk bagged his second of the game just before the second buzzer to extend the lead to four.

Ben Edmonds and Edward Knaggs added further goals in the final session to seal a comfortable 7-1 success.

GB U18 captain Sam Duggan said: “It’s a big win for the boys and was just what we needed after the first game.

“Yesterday we didn’t take our chances and bounces maybe didn’t go our way. Today we clicked a bit more and played a full sixty minutes to get a deserved three points.

“It’s important we practice well tomorrow and come to play on Thursday.

“We don’t get too down after a loss or too high after a win – if we come to the next game thinking the job’s already done then we’ll walk into an orange wall against the Netherlands.

“We will take it a day at a time, have a good rest day, skate well in the morning then be ready to go on Thursday.”

(Image permission: Benedikt Kubatzki)

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