Grubb’s delight as GB sink hosts
Britain's U20 coach Martin Grubb was delighted with the response of his team in their first match when they were assured of it. A great 6-3 victory over Lithuania, the host country.
The opening game against Japan disappointed the team, but they reacted in the best possible way to claim their first points in the Division II Group A campaign.
And that left coach Grubb satisfied as his team rebounded impressively to place them in third place before tomorrow's rest day.
"We knew the importance of the game and we were determined to get a good start and put Lithuania under pressure early," said Grubb.
"We had a great start and the first goal set us up and allowed us to set the pace.
“We asked the players to continue to overtake them in the second and to stay disciplined. We did a good job with that and it allowed us to make the power play work and take a good lead.
"It was important that we didn't stop in the third and that we continued to do the little things well and get the result we deserved.
"The boys deserve huge praise for their reaction tonight and the way they played. It’s nice to get our first points on the tournament table. "
HIGHLIGHTS: Lithuania Men under 20 years of age 3 Great Britain Men under 20 years of age 6
GB led by two before the six-minute mark while Austin Mitchell-King scored at the back door of Patrick Larkin's pass after two minutes.
Then the captain, Tyler Cooper scored on the power play in the slot machine after a well-worked move to double the lead.
Martynas Grinius jumped on the rebound to close the gap to almost the 15-minute mark before two goals in 70 seconds in the second period put GB firmly in the box box.
Lithuanian goalkeeper Laurynas Lubys gave the puck directly to Larkin on exiting the surface and he did it 3-1 at 23:56, while Joe Hazeldine's shot from there left wing sneaked in soon after.
Nikita Kuzminov replaced Lubys with the goal for Lithuania, but quickly got the puck out of the net when Alex Graham scored at close range with a power play with five in the second.
Grinius scored his second goal of the evening for the hosts after having had room in front of the net and dispatched the finish.
But Mitchell-King caught his second goal after a scrimmage, while Timonas Mazulis' rebound in the power play 47 seconds later was nothing more than a consolation for Lithuania.
GB will play next Thursday against Romania under 20 years old at 3.30 p.m. (1.30 p.m. UK time).