Murphy: GB have a puncher’s chance to succeed
FreeSports broadcaster Aaron Murphy believes that Britain has a "chance" to survive the world championships.
Pete Russell's team is still looking for a win that could be enough to stay at the top of the list when the tournament takes place in Switzerland next year.
But 'Murph' warned that staying out of the penalty box could help British players reach their only goal in Kosice.
"This is so far incredible hockey, since the match against Germany on Saturday and against Canada on Sunday, the last meeting of the American team," he said.
"It's the big boy hockey and the guys knew it well, but what's important to remember is that they play five against five and that's what they do." they are fighting to let Ben Bowns see the puck. get off at this match of France monday.
"I agree with the thought that announces: by taking this level of performance against the United States in the match against France, they can certainly do it. Moreover, there is another factor that makes GB have a rest day on Sunday, while France plays this game late that day against Finland, which makes it a quick turnaround for them.
"The British must hope that France will have had nothing before. It is not impossible, but they played well here at a level very different from the one they were used to .
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"Teams like France, Norway and Austria all occupy nine or ten places above Britain in the standings. They are ranked first among pool teams and regularly participate in the Olympic Games. They are all fighting in this competition.
"GB will have the benefit of resting by looking in front of him, but he will have to take it for 60 minutes, which is very difficult at this level. Keep in mind, it's always easy to do that in the Elite League, but they have to be positive and stay out of the penalty box.
"Consider all this, you have a chance and a situation in the seventh game figuratively against the French."
Murphy well watched all the teams while he was co-commentator, former British international Paul Adey, called for action for FreeSports.
He was preparing for tomorrow's match against Finland, who faces Denmark tonight and currently occupies third place, with seven points over his three matches up to now.
And one player in particular caught Murphy's attention as a great threat, Kaapo Kakko, who plays hockey with his club with TPS Turku in Finland and is one of the top picks in the sport. NHL draft.
He added: "Kakko has been incredible and compared to Jack Hughes (USA), he is probably more ready for the NHL in my opinion. He's six feet two inches, so he's a man, while Hughes is on the list of five-ten, but for me, not as big as I think.
"Physically I do not think Hughes is ready yet, maybe two years later you're thinking with him. If you take Kakko, you're thinking of taking him to the camp and building your team. He is the most complete player.
"We played a few games in Finland and we found that he was in danger, so GB has to stay out of the box and not let him play in that kind of situation."
The mention of Hughes of course evokes the name of Ben Bowns after the miracle of the goalkeeper GB to deny the American perspective and Murphy revealed that the Cardiff Devils were attracting a lot of attention from the people to whom he had spoken of the GB camp.
He said: "Bowns has certainly attracted the attention of other teams here and he has done so in Budapest last year as well. When you look at the choice of a number one shooter in Jack Hughes, all eyes are on him.
"It attracts a lot of attention, so face a face-to-face against a player as well rated and if we want to make such a backup, other media and scouts you will look closely.
"We are seeing one or two of the biggest outlets in North America, which would not normally do so, plus Bowns is used to these situations and has rejected the opposition of the Champions Hockey League.
"I do not think he's looking at the name behind the puck. He focuses on hitchhiking and he did it there. "
Britain's next game with Finland will be broadcast live on FreeSports tomorrow (Friday) with Murphy and Paul Adey. Coverage begins at 7:10 pm and is available free on Sky Channel 422, Virgin Media Channel 553, Channel 64 on Freeview and BT, and on Freesat Channel 252.