Prince at the double in valiant GB effort

Great Britain produced another spirited performance against Norway in Cardiff before eventually going down 4-2 to the team currently ranked 11th in the world.

Eight players were making their GB debuts, but there was no mistaking the willingness of Pete Russell’s team who never stopped working throughout.

The game started in a frenetic fashion, continuing in the same feisty vein as the previous evening in Nottingham.

Villiam Strom gave the visitors an early lead, but they were unable to add to their tally thanks to some inspired netminding from Jackson Whistle.

Tommy Kristiansen made it 2-0 after 25 minutes, but GB quickly reduced the deficit to one courtesy of Jack Prince’s strike.

Prince scored again in the 35th minute following a well-worked move involving Liam Stewart and Jonathan Weaver to set up an intriguing final session.

However, Norway came out firing after the break and were soon back in front through Sondre Olden.

Niklas Roest quickly made it a two-goal game, but GB continued to press their higher-ranked opponents with both Ross Venus and Prince spurning good chances to reduce the deficit.

Neither team could find another goal and Norway comfortably killed off a late powerplay to seal a 4-2 victory.

Head Coach Pete Russell said: “I think once again we played a great game – there are some massive positives to take out of this week.

“Norway are a class team and we gave them problems in both matches. The difference between their level and ours is staying with it and we came out in the third maybe a little complacent and it killed us in both games.

“The more we play games like this then the better we can play at this level and play the style of hockey required.

“Overall it’s been a fantastic exercise and nothing but positives to take from the GB point of view.”

(Image permission: Helen Brabon)

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