Losing start for GB

GB made a disappointing start to their World Championship Division 1 Group B campaign as they were beaten 4-0 by Croatia in Lithuania.

Michael Novak put Croatia ahead at 12.56 before Dario Kostovic doubled their lead with just 41 seconds of the first period remaining.

Alan Letang (27.26) extended Croatia's advantage with the only goal of the middle session and Kostovic added his second at 46.12 which prompted coach Doug Christiansen to replace off-form goaltender Stephen Murphy with Ben Bowns.

Croatia goalie Mate Tomljenovic made 33 saves to shut GB out and was named man of the match.