Russell wants GB to stay focused

Great Britain Head Coach Pete Russell has demanded his team stays focused ahead of Friday’s World Championship (Division 1B) game against Romania.

GB sit second in the six-team group, behind leaders Ukraine, following two regulation-time wins and an overtime victory in their first three games.

Romania are without a win so far in the tournament and the only team without a point.

“We must respect the opposition, despite the fact they’ve been struggling,” said Russell. “I want to see a professional performance and we must not get carried away.

“Romania will be desperate for their first win the tournament and we cannot not disrespect them. But we have a team of professional players and I know that they will remain focused.

“They have worked hard every game since we have been at this tournament and I see no reason why they won’t do the same today.”

Robert Dowd returns to the line-up, with the forward now recovered from the abdominal pains which resulted in an overnight hospital stay earlier this week.

Russell added: “It will be great to get Robert back on the ice. He is excited to be back in the line-up and the boys are glad to see him back.”

(Image permission: Calyx Pictures)

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