Lithuania win one of GB’s best-ever performances

Robert Lachowicz hopes to use Great Britain’s 8-0 victory over Lithuania at the Dom Sportova Arena on Wednesday as a springboard to a gold medal.

There were eight different goalscorers as GB won their third game at the World Championship (Division 1B) in Zagreb.

It moved GB second in the table on eight points and a point behind leaders Ukraine, who have three regulation-time wins from three matches.

Lachowicz scored GB’s fourth of the afternoon, which was his third international goal.

“This must be right up there with one of the best-ever performances,” he said. “It is great – we have a good team and a great group of lads. Hopefully we can go on and get the gold medal.

“We have no game on Thursday, so we will try not to think about it too much. Then hopefully we will get back into it against Romania and our aim is to set up a big game against Ukraine on the final day.”

Colin Shields, whose goal late in the second period was the 36th of his international career, thinks GB’s ability to put pressure on the puck was the key to their success.

“Everybody worked that little bit harder – they didn’t seem to get any easy breakouts coming out of their zone,” he said.

“The defence were stepping up and picking off passes and getting in their forwards’ faces.

“They couldn’t even get out of their zone at times. It is a credit to the boys for working hard and sticking to the system.

“We knew they were coming off a couple of big wins. We went at them hard and I think we did a good job.”

Ross Venus says his first-ever GB goal is the biggest moment in his career.

“I feel amazing – this is the first game where I’ve really had regular ice time,” said Venus.

“To get a goal really is amazing, it is such a great feeling. It was an amazing performance. We were clinical all game long.

“We just took it to them and never gave them a sniff really.”

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