Great Britain were beaten 6-1 by Kazakhstan in their second game at the World Championship Division 1 Group A in Budapest.
After Sunday’s stunning 3-1 victory over the tournament’s top seeds Slovenia, GB shocked Kazakhstan with an early Luke Ferrara goal before the world’s 17th seeds roared back with six unanswered goals.
Positive start for GB
Britain went ahead through Ferrara’s first GB goal in only his second World Championship match as he fired home neatly from the slot at 2:33.
GB dominated the opening stages and Ben Davies, Robert Dowd and Ben O’Connor all went close on the same shift as Kazakhstan chased shadows.
But they drew level with a well-worked powerplay goal when Dmitri Grents slotted the puck past Ben Bowns at the backdoor (14:28).
Kazakhstan step it up in second period
Kazakhstan turned on the style after the first intermission and scored two goals in two minutes to take a 3-1 second-period lead.
Anton Sagadeyev’s tip made it 2-1 at (32:20) and Roman Starchenko finished off a swift break up the ice at 34:22.
World’s 17th seeds see game out in third session
Starchenko scored his second of the night as he went short-side on Bowns early in the third session (41:58).
Nikita Mikhailis finished off a great move by Kazakhstan from back to front (45:55), prompting GB coach Pete Russell to call a timeout and Bowns was replaced by Jackson Whistle, who saw his first ice-time at a World Championship tournament.
Alikhan Asetov netted Kazakhstan’s sixth from the high slot at 48:23 but GB refused to let their heads drop.
Whistle pulled off an outstanding save to deny Grents on the powerplay and Jonathan Phillips shot just wide on a two-on-one short-handed break for GB.
Assistant coach, Adam Keefe, said: “Kazakhstan are a great side and they showed their class out there.
“But we can take positives from the game. We had a great start to the game and more than matched them in the first period.
“Five-on-five we really competed but they were lethal on the powerplay. Teams at this level will hurt you with the man advantage.
“But we have a great group of guys and they won’t let this get them down. We have already shown we can compete at this level and we are looking forward to taking on Poland.”
GB against Poland faces-off at 4pm tomorrow (3pm UK time).
Photo credit: Dean Woolley.