GB star Meyers remains positive

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Sheffield Steelers defenceman Danny Meyers says Great Britain can still be successful at the World Championship (Division 1B) tournament in Vilnius.

GB were beaten 4-0 by Croatia in the tournament’s opening game on Sunday and face Romania today at 11am UK time.

Meyers, one of GB’s alternate captains, said: “With a five-game tournament anything can happen.

“What we must not do is drop our heads and sulk - and I know no-one will do that.

“That was a tough loss to Croatia as I felt we had great spells of pressure and chances.

“But credit to Croatia, they were clinical and took their chances.

“Our discipline was good which was great to see, but we must improve in other areas.

“There are no easy games at this level but we will come back refreshed for Romania.”

Despite outshooting Croatia by nearly two to one, GB could find no way past netminder Mate Tomljenovic, who secured a 33-shot shutout.

Mario Novak put Croatia ahead at 12:56 when he cut inside and neatly finished on his backhand, while captain Dario Kostovic fired from left point to make it 2-0 at 19:19.

Croatia scored their third in the second period (27:26) as 38-year-old defenceman Alan Letang reacted first to a loose puck on the doorstep.

Kostovic netted his second and Croatia’s fourth at 46:12 when he strongly moved away from the blueline and fired from the left circle.

Head coach, Doug Christiansen, formerly of the Steelers, said: “I am very disappointed with the outcome but I tip my hat to Croatia. They were outstanding and buried their chances. In the first and second periods, we had lots opportunities and got pucks to the net, but we did not win battles at the net.

“It seemed as though when they went down the ice it ended up in the back of our net.”