Re­silience pays off for hosts GB

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - SPORT -

ROBERT DOWD says Great Bri­tain showed great re­silience to beat Croa­tia 4-2 in their open­ing game at the World Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion 1 Group B in Belfast.

The Sh­effield Steelers’ for­ward scored once and also added two as­sists as GB scored three third­pe­riod goals to open the first men’s World Cham­pi­onship in the UK for 25 years with a three­p­oint vic­tory.

Evan Mosey scored his first in­ter­na­tional goal on his sixth ap­pear­ance, with Dowd, Not­ting­ham Pan­thers’ David Clarke and Coven­try Blaze’s Russ Cow­ley also on tar­get.

“We came out hard in the third pe­riod and did what we had to do,” said Dowd.

“It was a bit tight in the sec­ond pe­riod but we bat­tled back from that re­ally well.

“It was great to get up and run­ning with a vic­tory, es­pe­cially in front of the home crowd.

“The crowd were fan­tas­tic and it was so spe­cial to play a World Cham­pi­onship game on home ice.”

Head coach, Pete Russell added: “It wasn’t our best per­for­mance but we came up big in the third pe­riod.

“They could have let their heads drop af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing sec­ond pe­riod, but we came out strong and two quick goals ef­fec­tively sealed the game.”

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