Hosts too hot on ice for Britain

Great Britain saw their hopes of an immediate return to World Championship Division 1 Group A come to an end after a 2-1 defeat to Lithuania.

Having followed up an opening-day loss to Croatia by beating Romania, GB were brimming with confidence going into their third game in Group B.

But they fell behind at 3.59 through a goal from Arnoldas Bosas before Robert Dowd levelled at 24.41.

Lithuania regained the lead courtesy of a powerplay marker from Dainius Zubrus, who plays in the NHL for New Jersey Devils, and despite GB pulling goaltender Ben Bowns they could not force a game-tying goal.

Coach Doug Christiansen said: "Lithuania are a great side and they were very good. We played hard and committed and our guys battled for 60 minutes."

Meanwhile, Ashley Tait was named captain on his 100th appearance for his country.

The 38-year-old, who first represented GB in 1995, is just one cap behind all-time leader David Longstaff.

Tait said: "It is always such an honour to represent your country and I still have the same hunger and desire for the GB team.

"The 100-cap milestone is very special and something I am very proud of. It is great to be able to share the day with such a fantastic group of lads."