GB NEED TO STAY FOCUSED, SAYS CLARKE

Forward David Clarke says Great Britain must stay focused as they prepare for their second game at the World Championship Division 1 Group B in Belfast.

GB, who beat Croatia 4-2 yesterday, host Estonia in the final game of day two at the SSE Arena this evening (7:30pm).

Today’s other games see Japan play Croatia at 12:30pm and Lithuania meet Netherlands at 4pm.

“It is a long tournament so we must take it day-by-day,” said the Nottingham Panthers forward.

“There will be bumps along the way but we all have one goal in mind over the next week.

“It is just a case of staying really focused and not getting ahead of ourselves.”

Clarke was one of GB’s goalscorers against Croatia yesterday as they scored three third-period goals to win the game.

“It was a good game. We came out fairly well but lost our way a little bit in the second period,” continued Clarke.

“But it was really good character from the guys coming out hard in the third period.

“We went back to our style of hockey and it started to pay off. It was a solid performance.

“We regrouped, reset our brains in the third period and we came through.” 

Photo credit: Dean Woolley.