Great Britain’s comfort among the world’s best can help us avoid relegation for third straight year, believes winger Ben Lake

Great Britain’s consolation among the many world’s greatest will help us keep away from relegation for third straight yr, believes winger Ben Lake

Belfast Giants ahead Ben Lake believes Great Britain’s rising familiarity with the highest tier of worldwide ice hockey will assist them of their bid to keep away from relegation from the World Championships in Finland.

ince their inconceivable promotion to the highest tier in 2018, GB have defied the chances to stay on the high stage, successful an additional time thriller towards France in 2019 to remain up and, though there was no relegation final yr resulting from Covid-19, they averted ending backside of their group by beating Belarus.

They head into this yr’s match in Tampere because the lowest ranked nation, and, due to this fact, favourites to complete backside of Group B, however Lake believes their experiences so far will stand them in good stead as they put together to tackle Czechia of their opening fixture in the present day (2.20pm).

“There’s not any mysteries anymore, we all know the drill. Now that we’ve managed to wait for two years, we all know what to anticipate,” says the winger.

“We know we should be right here. We’ve labored for it. There’s nonetheless that stigma about GB ice hockey, so we nonetheless have that chip on our shoulders, however we all know it’s at all times going to be like that.

“Everyone’s pleased with how far we’ve come within the final 5 years and hopefully there’s nonetheless extra to return from this group.”

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Pete Russell’s facet struggled of their warm-ups towards Italy and Denmark, scoring only one objective in 4 defeats, and issues don’t get any simpler as they may tackle heavyweights equivalent to hosts Finland, the USA and Sweden in Group B, together with Czechia, Latvia, Norway and Austria.

But Lake isn’t involved, including: “We had a troublesome time scoring in these video games however it’s a matter of sticking to it and discovering the strains that work. It’s most likely a case of maintaining issues easy and that’s how we’ll rating targets.

“It’s a privilege to be up right here enjoying with these guys and everyone knows that. We can’t get too excessive or too low if issues do or don’t go our manner. Take every recreation because it comes and hopefully by the tip issues have gone effectively for us.”

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