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Captain Phillips Thoughts Following GB’s Final Warm Up Game.

Captain Phillips Thoughts Following GB’s Final Warm Up Game.

Forward Jonathan Phillips says Great Britain’s performance in their final World Championship warm-up game against Slovakia in Poprad was full of positives ahead of their first top-flight game since 1994.

GB were within a goal of the world’s 10th seeds when Robert Farmer closed the gap to 2-1 with five minutes remaining in the second period, but the hosts – helped by two powerplay markers – scored four unanswered goals to secure a 6-1 victory.

Phillips said: “Slovakia came at us hard in the opening stages but we rode that out and grew into the game the longer it went on.

“I felt we fully deserved our goal and at that stage it was a one-goal game and we felt we were right in it.

“Slovakia showed their class in the third period and took the game away from us, but we can take positives from that performance for sure.

“We certainly now know the standards we are going to have to achieve at this tournament and it was great preparation for us.

“Our training in Slovakia so far has been excellent and we are looking forward to another week of solid practice ahead of our first game.”

GB will now continue their training camp at their base in Michalovce, before moving on to Kosice on Thursday ahead of facing Germany on Saturday in their opening game at the World Championship.

ENDS

Ice Hockey UK press release

Immediate release
Saturday 4th May 2019
Slovakia 6-1 Great Britain 
Great Britain were beaten 6-1 by Slovakia in Poprad in their final warm-up game ahead of next weekend’s World Championship.

Peter Russell’s side produced a spirited performance against the side ranked 10th in the world, with Robert Farmer on target for GB in the second period.

Slovakia lead after first period
The hosts had the early pressure and Ben Bowns made two good stops from close range, before Slovakia took the lead just before the midway point of the first period.

Tomáš Zigo’s shot through traffic was deflected past Bowns at 9:33 to the delight of the packed home crowd.

GB found their rhythm the longer the period went on and Ben Lake and Farmer were both denied by Marek Ciliak.

Farmer scores but Slovakia extend advantage
Robert Dowd had a couple of powerplay chances while Brett Perlini also went close, but Slovakia scored moments after GB’s best spell of pressure.

Richard Panik’s shot was saved by Bowns, although Tomas Tatar slotted home the rebound from close range (28:15).

GB closed the gap on the powerplay when Farmer bundled in a rebound after Colin Shields saw his shot saved (34:39).

But Slovakia increased their lead 72 seconds later through Matus Sukel’s rebound (35:51) and Róbert Lantosi made it 4-1 at 39:16 (powerplay) – again after Bowns had made the initial save.

Slovakia secure victory in third period
Perlini and Farmer both just failed to force the puck home on the doorstep, but Slovakia scored their fifth thanks to Martin Marincin’s blast from right point at 45:25 (powerplay).

The home side wrapped the game up through Adam Liska’s neat top-shelf finish in the slot after a swift move up the ice (48:49).

GB will now continue their training camp at their base in Michalovce, before moving to Kosice on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s opening game in the World Championship against Germany.

ENDS

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