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GB are outclassed by world's best

 

Ben Bowns
Ben Bowns

Great Britain battled bravely for long periods against the World's No.1 side Canada before eventually falling to an 8-0 defeat in their World Championship clash in Kosice, Slovakia.

Against a team consisting entirely of players from the NHL - the best league in the world - GB ran out of steam late in the game, allowing Canada's superstars to pull away.

Although he conceded eight times, netminder Ben Bowns showed the kind of form that GB will need him to be in if they want to avoid relegation by making 43 saves.

Detroit Red Wings winger Anthony Mantha was on top form for Canada, scoring two goals and adding three assists in a stunning individual show.

Mathieu Joseph put Canada ahead after just 2:42, with Mantha doubling the lead at 12:33 of the first. Kyle Turris grabbed his first 2:35 into the second period on the powerplay, with Dylan Strome (7:05) and Dante Fabbro (19:37) adding further goals.

Turris got his second 57 seconds into the final period, Sean Couturier added on the powerplay at 6:46 and Mantha ended the scoring at 10:27 of the third.

GB, who are bottom of Group A with no points, are back in action tomorrow when they take on relegation rivals Denmark (3.15pm UK time).

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