After the opening two games of the tournaments provided encouragement, today’s defeat was a step backward for Team GB.
The inability to clear the zone cost them dearly and with just a minute on the clock Di Casmirro had the easy job of slotting home a rebound in acres of space.
GB would respond and were certainly as good if not better than the Italians throughout the rest of the 1st period.
Robert Farmer would find a way past his man on the right boards and fire a beautiful wrist shot top shelf to tie the game. It was his first goal at this level and one he’ll never forget.
GB would fire the puck more on the power play and not get the luck with bounces but their inability to stay out of the box would come back to bite them
Italy would start the second period on the power play carried over from the end of the first and after a nice passing play Iannone would beat Murphy with a quick release shot from a saucer pass.
Italy took control of the game and it was only due to Murphy that the score remained at 1-2.
Farmer would have an early chance in the third as Italy fell asleep but the waking giant made GB pay with two goals in 73 seconds.
All thoughts of a comeback were dashed as on a power play, an awful turnover presented Italy with a 2 on 1 breakaway and they tallied on the rebound to make the score 1-5.
Italy would almost score a second short-handed tally late in the game but Bowns, who had been brought in for Murphy, made a nice save. That move made no sense to me with Murphy doubtless frustrated with those in front of him, then being pulled. He along with Ben Davies have been Team GB’s best players in the tournament.
A days rest had obviously done Team GB little favours as this was a very lacklustre performance.
All thought’s of a medal now done and dusted, GB must steel themselves to avoid relegation.
Games against Japan and Korea take on huge significance as losing their Division 1 status would be a massive body blow.
Enough negativity though as these are both games GB are capable of winning. Past performance in February against these nations and in the first two games here should give the team belief they can win.