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Great Britain hit a blank in World warm-up as Belfast Giants’ Jackson Whistle makes his bow

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Jackson Whistle. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

Jackson Whistle. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

William Cherry/Presseye

Jackson Whistle. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye

Great Britain got a reminder of the level they will need to reach for the World Championships after back-to-back shut-out defeats to Denmark in two exhibition games over the weekend.

Pete Russell’s side gave a good account of themselves at the SkyDome in Coventry on Saturday but still lost 2-0, however they were blown away in the opening two periods in yesterday’s rematch in Nottingham, losing 8-0.

There are eight places between GB and the Danes in the world rankings and their visitors did have NHL stars Oliver Bjorkstrand and Nikolaj Ehlers in their line-up, but things will not get any easier when they head out to Finland, with their first World Championship game against Czechia on Saturday.

Danish forward Joachim Blichfeld scored five goals across the two games, with Peter Regin also on target on Saturday, while Nicolai Meyer (2), Morten Poulsen and Christian Wejse were on the scoresheet yesterday.

Belfast Giants netminder Jackson Whistle got his first minutes of the week for GB in the third period yesterday, conceding one goal, and could start tomorrow’s final warm-up game against Italy.

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