SHIELDS: ITALY WILL BE A MASSIVE TEST

Great Britain forward Colin Shields says tonight’s game against Italy will be a “massive test” as GB go in search of their third win in fourth matches at the World Championship Division 1 Group A in Budapest.

Both sides have won two of their opening three games to sit alongside Kazakhstan on six points.

“Italy are a top-quality hockey nation and this will be a really tough game for us,” said the Belfast Giants forward.

“But we are showing we have a right to be at this level by our performances so far.

“Italy have been impressive this week, especially in their win over Kazakhstan, but we have already shown we can compete with the higher-level teams.”

Shields is the longest-serving GB player on the current roster with 87 caps to his name since making his debut in 2001.

“I have been involved in many tournaments for GB but I have to say this is one of the more enjoyable,” continued Shields.

“We did not really compete last time we were at this level in 2013 in this building, so it is great to come back and be doing so well.

“There’s a long way to go – and who knows what will happen – but we just have keep the same attitude we have had all week.”

GB against Italy faces-off at 7:30pm this evening (6:30pm UK time).