Weaver helps GB to flying start

Telford Tigers defenceman Jonathan Weaver says Great Britain’s high tempo was one of the keys to their 4-1 World Championship (Division 1B) victory over Croatia in Zagreb.

Weaver scored for the third GB game in a row against the hosts on Sunday evening, alongside Robert Dowd, Craig Peacock and Colin Shields.

The 39-year-old is one of three Tigers staff currently with the national side, with GB assistant coach Tom Watkins and netminder Thomas Murdy also heavily involved.

Weaver said: “I thought we were excellent. It was a really good performance and one we should be really pleased with. After a slow start, we then took control and dominated the game.

“We had decent performances all over the ice and I thought we looked really solid. We knew we would have to play at a high tempo and I think we did that.

“We moved the puck around well and our movement on and off the puck was really good.”

GB return to action later today (Monday) when they take on Estonia at 4:30pm (3:30pm UK time).

“This is just the start but we have a long way to go,” continued Weaver.

“Estonia did not have the best of starts to the tournament with their defeat by Lithuania. But that means they will more determined to come back with a win.

“If we play like we did today, then there is no reason why we can’t come out with another win.”

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