GB U18 defeated in warm-up games

Great Britain U18 warmed up for their upcoming World Championship (Division 2A) tournament in Korea with a pair of games against the U18 Varsity team of Okanagan Europe.

The team put up a spirited performance on Tuesday in Austria, eventually falling to a 5-4 defeat.

Wednesday’s game in Slovakia saw GB fall 2-0 behind by the first break, but they fought back to draw level by the 43 minute mark.

However, Okanagan stepped up the pace and ran out 7-2 winners in the end.

Head Coach Martin Grubb said: “These games are all about getting prepared for Korea and we haven’t been together since December.

“There were lots of positives for us to take, but we also learnt a lot about the players and team in a challenging situation.

“This camp allowed us to get valuable ice time and game time and we always knew we would have areas to develop.

“This doesn’t change what we are hoping to achieve and these two games against a very good team can only help us.”

GB U18 begin their World Championship bid against Estonia on Sunday (1.00pm UK time).

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