Head Coach Pete Russell says Great Britain have the heart and desire to beat Austria this evening and avoid relegation from the World Championship in Finland.

The two sides go head-to-head in the Nokia Arena in Tampere at 20:20 (18:20 UK time) – their first meeting in 10 years.

GB need a regulation-time victory to ensure safety, while Austria know any other result will mean they will stay up.

Russell said: “It’s going to be about the goalie and every five guys that come onto the ice for each shift have to be there for each other.

“I don’t have any doubt that they will come with fire, desire and heart – and if they have the legs then great, we get to stay in this pool and surprise everyone again.”

Great Britain and Austria last met in 2012 at the World Championship Division 1 Group A tournament in Slovenia.

Six of the current GB roster – Robert Dowd, Robert Lachowicz, Matthew Myers, David Phillips, Jonathan Phillips and Mark Richardson – played in the fixture in Ljubljana.

Assistant Coach Corey Neilson was also in the line-up and he was one of the goalscorers, along with a double from Colin Shields, but GB went down to a 7-3 defeat.

Russell’s side come into tonight’s game on the back of last night’s 4-3 defeat by Latvia. Brett Perlini scored the opener, while there were first GB goals for Cade Neilson and Lewis Hook.

Austria had a rest day yesterday after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat by hosts Finland.

“Austria have been sitting there chilling but we don’t get to do that,” continued Russell.

“We’re still alive. We’ve got to now find our best performance of the tournament and win in regulation.”

There’s live coverage on FreeSports with commentary from six-time Olympic broadcaster Aaron Murphy and former GB forward Paul Adey who won 55 caps between 1995 and 2001, scoring 28 goals and contributing 24 assists for 52 points.

FreeSports is available free on Sky Channel 422, Virgin Media Channel 553, on Channel 64 on Freeview and BT and via the FreeSports Player.