Steeler Matt ready for mighty Sweden

Great Britain will go into combat with the world's fourth best national side brimming with confidence.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 10:49 am
Updated Thursday, 27th May 2021, 10:51 am

GB take on Sweden on Friday after beating Belarus 4-3 on Wednesday.

Matthew Myers who played 16 games for Sheffield Steelers in the recent EIHL tournament, says the whole GB squad is ready to embrace the next challenge.

He and his teammates were buoyed by the nature of the win over Belarus, in which Steelers hot-shot Liam Kirk scored twice.

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There was a goal each for Ben Davies and Mike Hammond as GB secured their first regulation-time victory at the top level since 1962.

They now have four points from four matches and are fifth in Group A, a point behind fourth-placed Denmark.

"It's a massive win for us to beat Belarus," said Myers. "The world rankings show they are a number of places ahead of us and we knew it would be a big night for us.

"Throughout the tournament we have improved night on night.

Matthew Myers: pic by Dean Woolley

"We gave up a little more than we would have liked in the third, but overall we played a great team game and came out with a huge regulation-time win.

"It's a huge achievement. It takes guts to close out a game like that."

GB are now preparing for the encounter with Sweden.

"They are an excellent team with a star-studded roster up and down the line-up," said Myers. "We know we will be up against it.

“What’s better than challenging yourselves against the best teams in the world? We are going to embrace it, we're going to enjoy it.

"We believe that every night we are going to get better and the next night is against Sweden and that's what we'll try to do, get better again and hopefully come out with the win."

*Steelers say they are working with the family of tragic defenceman Marek Troncinsky "in a way of helping Marek’s young daughter going forward."

Head coach Aaron Fox said: “We have made contact with the family through Tron's agent and as a club we will be looking at different ways to assist where possible.

“The club will announce more in the short term but we are all committed to doing what we can to help.”

Troncinsky was found dead last weekend, in the Czech Republic.