Great Britain’s Under 20s side have arrived in Tallinn, Estonia ahead of the IIHF Division 2A World Junior championships, and straight away the team coached by Slava Koulikov made a statement of intent just days before the opening puck drop.
With GB facing Lithuania in their opening game on Sunday night, they took to the ice on Wednesday in the first of two warm up games in preparation for the tournament, where they’re among the favourites to secure a medal and could even bring back gold and promotion to Division 1B.
In their first test they took on South Korea. The two sides met in last years tournament where the Koreans took a 5 – 4 penalty shot victory in a thrilling matchup.
This time around in a warm up game it was a completely different storyline.
It took just 35 seconds for Great Britain to take control of the game. Harry Gulliver of the Ogden Mustangs opened the scoring for the Brits, and it was all GB from there.
After GB took the early lead, Guildford Flames forward Richard Krogh added two more.
The standout player by far for the game was Sheffield Steelers prospect Kieran Brown.
At 17-years-old he’s a draft eligible prospect who could announce himself to NHL scouts during this week long tournament, and with hat trick performance from him in the warm up game, he’s off to a flying start.
Great Britain ran riot with an 8 – 1 final score thanks to the three goals from Brown, with two from Krogh and one from Gulliver and the rest of the scoring coming from Fife Flyers forward Jordan Buesa and Josh Waller of the Guildford Flames.
There will be no rest for GB as they’ll be back in action tomorrow night against Division 2A newcomers Spain, who are expected to be fighting relegation all week.
GB take on Lithuania in their tournament opener Sunday before facing a rematch against South Korea less than 24-hours later.
They’ll have a rest day following that but then take on the hosts Estonia and then Romania, before closing the tournament with another meeting with Spain where they’ll hope to finish on a high with gold medals placed around their necks.