Battling GB scare America as Bowns impresses again
They fought, fought and fought each other, but despite the new defeat added to the column, it was the performance that made Britain talk about hockey.
After Tuesday's 9-0 loss to Denmark, Pete Russell's bruised and battered team did not hope to do anything for an American team, considered the strongest in the competition in recent years .
Of course, they had 6-3 winners in the end, but one factor was obvious. Jeff Blashill's men had a terrible scare in the Steel Arena in Kosice.
The United States fired a shot in the British arc while Dylan Larkin saw an early chance saved by Ben Bowns' protections, but the British were determined not to be safe. 39, collapse early against the world's fourth-ranked team.
There were chances for the American goal like Thatcher Demo, the Vancouver Canucks goaltender was on his guard because Ben O'Connor, Evan Mosey and Ollie Betteridge were all trying to break through this breakthrough.
The United States scored the first goal, a tricky effort on the part of James van Riemsdyk, who pushed the puck over the line, with the help of captain Patrick Kane after 12 minutes.
Barely three minutes later, GB was tied when Davey Phillips found Mike Hammond, who lives his initial chance to stop before resuming the rebound.
The Americans saw a clear goal early in the second period, but they finally added their score thanks to Clayton Keller.
A goal close to Chris Kreider opened a two-goal lead soon after and it looked like the United States was going to move away and serve another heavy loss.
A fourth goal, coming from Alex Debrincat, was certainly trying to take the game this way, but GB responded by finishing at the end of the second period to show he was not eliminated yet.
A loose puck exploded for Brett Perlini, who fired a low shot past Demo and the gap was reduced to two while the fans were building the noise.
Kane joined the board a minute after the second interval, while Derek Ryan scored 6-2 with 10 minutes while the match seemed to be over.
Although the result was resolved, Ben Davies achieved a final success by finishing on the top shelf and creating his own special moment of the contest.
Then, Bowns made a stop that was observed around the world, thus denying young hopeful Jack Hughes, a player supposed to be the number one choice in the NHL later this summer.
In the end, the guys were up, but after the debacle of Denmark, pride was more than restored and the feeling that GB could still survive this group.
The performance left head coach Pete Russell proud to be proud of his match and paid tribute to the fans, who made their own contribution.
He said, "This performance is what makes everyone from GB. We were fantastic and we offered to one of the best teams in the world an excellent game. This is a performance we should be very proud of.
"Some people wrote to us after yesterday, but we showed what we can do tonight. Our supporters were great and were fantastic all night. Their noise and their passion led us. "