MURDY WINS DEBUT CAP AGAINST SLOVAKIA

Great Britain netminder Tom Murdy won his debut cap in last night’s defeat by Slovakia at the World Championship in Kosice.

The 28-year-old was originally not on GB’s 22-man starting roster, but a knock to Ben Bowns saw Jackson Whistle take over at the 16-minute mark and Murdy take his place as back-up on the bench.

The Cardiff Devils goalie had previously made six appearances for GB Under-18s and two for GB Under-20s.

Murdy was presented with his cap after the game by head coach Pete Russell.

“It was certainly different a way to win your first cap,” said Murdy.

“It was great to get on the bench and share the experience with the boys. I am thrilled at getting my first cap.

“I thought the boys battled hard all night and we certainly improved as the game went on.

“It was a great atmosphere to be a part of. The experience of being at this level has been fantastic.”