Disappointment for Sheffield Steelers skipper as Great Britain go down to Denmark

Great Britain and Sheffield Steelers' captain Jonathan Phillips said the national team were "really disappointed" with their 3-2 overtime loss to Denmark, a team seven places above them in the world rankings.

By Bib Westerdale
Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 5:57 pm
Great Britain lost narroly to Denmark on Tuesday evening
Great Britain lost narroly to Denmark on Tuesday evening

The British forward said he felt his side had been "growing" in stature in the World Championships tournament in Latvia and had been looking for maximum points against the Danes.

Sadly, they conceded the game-winner in overtime.

But they still took a point from the game. And they competed well, particularly in the final period.

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Steeler Phillips said his side's never-say-die attitude and their brotherhood hinted at better results to come.

He became only the third player in the country’s history to reach the 100 GB games milestone after Sheffield's Ashley Tait (110) and David Longstaff (101).

Sheffield Steeldog Ben O'Connor scored GB's first goal, against the Danes.

The Lions went 2-1 down before Mike Hammond equalised.

But Denmark squeezed in a winner in overtime.

Co-coach, Corey Neilson, said afterwards: "It was another great performance and it just shows how far we have come in recent years.

"Yes, we have come off the ice disappointed that we didn't win but we have so many reasons to be proud of that display.

"We ran a fantastic side very close and our guys just threw their bodies on the line time and time again.

"The boys now need some rest ahead of Belarus, who will bring difference challenges but we are excited to compete against them."

GB face Belarus at 6:15pm UK time on Tuesday.