Sheffield target Dowd in good spirits

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Great Britain forward and Sheffield Steelers’ target Robert Dowd insists spirits remain high despite Great Britain’s 4-2 defeat by hosts Hungary in the World Championship (Division 1A) tournament.

David Phillips and Colin Shields scored for GB.

The side play their second game this afternoon against Kazakhstan (3pm UK time).

Dowd said: “Everyone is very positive and no-one is feeling down.

“You can only take the positives out of the Hungary game and get ready for Kazakhstan.

“We have plenty of older guys who will make sure no-one dwells on the defeat.

“The powerplay was excellent against Hungary and we created some great chances.

“We also took it to them in the third period and came close to pulling the game back.”

Kazakhstan are ranked four places higher than GB in the world rankings and are currently second in the table, with Italy top following their 4-0 victory over Korea.

Sheffield coach Doug Christiansen, an assistant with the GB programme said of the Hungary defeat: “The team played hard. It was an outstanding hockey environment. The Hungarian fans were loud and into the game. The home atmosphere really help their team.

“Stephen Murphy was excellent. He made a number of massive saves throughout the game. If he plays like he did tonight, we will have a successful week.

“I thought the Powerplay moved the puck well and created a number of chances.

“Kazakhstan is a great team. They have almost a full team of KHLers. We will have to be at our best to get a result.”