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Great Britain suffer defeat to USA at the World Championships

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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 were shut-out for the second consecutive game in the group stages of the World Championships as they lost 3-0 to the USA in Tampere, Finland.

Only two days after losing 6-0 to Sweden, Pete Russell’s side were blanked again by 17 saves from Jeremy Swayman, with the USA’s goals coming via a Kieffer Bellows double and Ben Meyers.

Despite the scoreline it was another game in which GB battled bravely and had their chances, particularly in the first period on the powerplay, but in the end the talent of the USA team showed, with 16 of their 22 players currently playing in the NHL.

Belfast Giants netminder Jackson Whistle got his first start in goal and did well keeping the USA out until 28:20 when Meyers struck, and he would go on to make 35 stops. Giants winger Ben Lake was named GB’s player of the game.

GB, who are two points adrift at the bottom of Group B, take on hosts Finland today (2.20pm UK time) but their biggest games come against fellow relegation battlers Latvia and Austria on Sunday and Monday, with one regulation win likely to be enough to avoid the drop.

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