Grubb delighted with character after GB nab silver
Great Britain coach under 20, Martin Grubb, congratulated his team on their character as his Group A campaign in Division II of the World Championship ended with a victory of 5-2 on Serbia.
GB will return from Vilnius with a silver medal to show their efforts, but the defeat of the first day against Japan is the one that did it for them while they were riding with the medal gold in their palms.
But Grubb admits that winning over the Serbs may not have been his team's best demonstration this week and has seen progress.
"I don't think it was our best performance," he said. “We started well, but we relaxed a little.
"We thank Serbia for the way they came back, but we discussed in the room at the end of the second period that the good teams were finding a way to win.
"We wanted to play for the nation – for the people here and the people here. We wanted to progress, four out of five victories is progress, but we always want to be better
"It is always tinged with sadness that we did not succeed because we were not going to seek a gold medal, but thank the players because they have shown a huge character throughout of the tournament. "
Before the last round of matches, GB had already made sure to have at least one bronze medal, but Japan's 5-2 victory over Lithuania later that day meant that it it was upgraded to silver.
The British led 2-0 in the first intermission thanks to a neat finish by Sam Russell on power play (14:23), while Ed Bradley cut inside the right to shoot in front of Bojan Vasiv (16:59).
Serbia tied with a pair of power play goals thanks to Marko Mladenovic (22:41) and Aleksa Gvozdenovic (34:29).
Third period goals from Alex Graham (50:37), Finley Ulrick (56:53) and Cade Neilson from a thread behind the net (59:24) concluded the fourth successive victory from GB.