GB Secure Second Warmup Victory

Great Britain recorded their second victory over Poland in as many nights with a 3-1 victory at the Skydome.

A near capacity crowd, including massive support for Poland, witnessed a game of top quality, played in a passionate atmosphere.

It was a perfect way for GB to finish off their preparations for next week’s World Championship in Eindhoven, as Pete Russell’s side scored three powerplay goals

After Ben Bowns was given the start last night, Stevie Lyle was given the nod for game two.

GB went ahead at 3:30 when Chris Blight redirected a shot from Davie Phillips.

Poland drew level just over two minutes later as Kacper Guzik was first to react to a loose puck in the slot (5:46).

The teams were level at one at the end of the first period, before GB scored twice in five second-period minutes to take a stranglehold on the game.

Robert Lachowicz put in the rebound (21:43) after Robert Dowd’s initial shot had been saved, while Ben O’Connor fired in from left point after a series of passes with Colin Shields (26:03).

Bowns replaced Lyle of the start of period three and GB dominated much of the closing stages to chalk up their second victory over their old rivals.

Coach Russell said: “I am very pleased with what I saw. Of course we have things to work on, but we can be very happy with the last two games.

“We looked in good shape and played very positive – and we played the exciting hockey that I want us to play.

“Poland were great opposition and were perfect preparation for an important week.”

GB now head off to Eindhoven tomorrow for the World Championship, which gets under way on Monday.

Great Britain face hosts Netherlands, along with Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania and Korea in the six-team tournament next week.