Great Britain take on Canada at the Steel Arena in Kosice on Sunday evening (local time) in what will be the second group game for both teams in the IIHF World Championship 2019.
Great Britain are appearing in their first World Championship in the top division since 1994 and, although there have already been some surprise results at this year’s tournament, it would be a seismic shock were they to beat Canada. Indeed, it would be considered something of an achievement if they can keep Canada down to single figures on the goal count.
Great Britain started the IIHF World Championship 2019 with, predictably enough, a loss to Germany on Saturday afternoon. The final score was 3-1, which was a decent effort from the rank outsiders of the tournament against a team featuring Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers, who finished as second top scorer in the NHL regular season in the campaign just ended.
Great Britain actually drew level early in the third period through Canadian-born Mike Hammond, but were unable to hold out.
Canada suffered a major blow on the eve of the tournament when forward John Tavares of the Toronto Maple Leafs was ruled out of the tournament with an oblique injury. Team Canada then opened the finals with a 3-1 loss to Finland on the opening day, with 18 year-old Kaapo Kakko (certain to be a high pick in the NHL draft next month) scoring twice for the Finns.