Team GB Lose Opening World Championship Game

Great Britain were beaten 4-0 by Croatia in their opening game at the World Championship (Division 1B) in Vilnius.

Despite outshooting Croatia by nearly two to one, GB could find no way past netminder Mate Tomljenovic, who secured a 33-shot shutout.

Mario Novak put Croatia ahead at 12:56 when he cut inside and neatly finished on his backhand, while captain Dario Kostovic fired from left point to make it 2-0 at 19:19. Croatia scored their third in the second period (27:26) as 38-year-old defenceman Alan Letang reacted first to a loose puck on the doorstep. Kostovic netted his second and Croatia’s fourth at 46:12 when he strongly moved away from the blueline and fired from the left circle.

Head coach, Doug Christiansen, said: “I am very disappointed with the outcome but I tip my hat to Croatia. They were outstanding and buried their chances.

“In the first and second periods, we had lots opportunities and got pucks to the net, but we did not win battles at the net. It seemed as though when they went down the ice it ended up in the back of our net.

“We have got to pick ourselves up tomorrow. We have got to be better than we were today.”

GB face Romania in their second game of the tournament on Monday at 11am UK time.

Photo: Colin Lawson (IceHockeyMedia)

Final score. GB 0-4 Croatia

— Team GB Ice Hockey (@TeamGBicehockey) April 20, 2014

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