Great Britain’s opening game at the World Championships ended in defeat as they were beaten 4-2 by hosts Hungary. After soaking up plenty of Hungary pressure, GB went ahead at 16:06 when a shot from Belfast Giants defenceman, Davey Phillips struck back of the net.
Hungary hit back on the powerplay with a terrific one-timer from Gergo Nagy (22:09) and went 2-1 in front through Marton Vas’s finish on the rebound (28:12). A well-worked powerplay goal brought GB level with Belfast Giants forward, Colin Shields pouncing to a loose puck at 30:52.
Balazs Ladanyi’s deflected shot put the hosts ahead at (36:37) and Hungary also had a goal washed out before the second interval. GB piled on the pressure in the third period and created the better chances, but Ladislav Sikorcin scored against the run of play (51:52) to make it 4-2.
Head coach, Tony Hand, said: “This was a performance to be proud of but sadly it did not go our way. We perhaps were not spot on offensively in the first period, but we got better as the game went on. The guys gave everything they had and threw their bodies on the line. We must not get too down and must lift ourselves now for tomorrow’s game.”
GB play Kazakhstan at 3pm UK time on Monday and Team Ireland will get their campaign underway on Monday also, as they take on Greece in the World Championships (Division 3) in South Africa.
Photo Credit – Diane Davey