2024 Men's World Championship

O2 Arena, Prague ,

Sunday 12th May 2024




Great Britain

May 12, 2024


Great Britain were beaten 8-0 by Finland at the O2 Arena in their second game at the 2024 World Championship in Prague.

GB restricted the world’s number two side to a goal in the first period while also creating some good chances, but the damage was done in the second period as Finland scored five times to take control.

Josh Tetlow replaced Sam Ruopp in defence while Ben Bowns got the start in goal with Jackson Whistle as back-up

Finland lead at first intermission
Bowns made a good early save to deny Vili Saaarijarvi and also stopped a bullet of a shot from Jere Innala.

At the other end, Liam Kirk tipped a pass from Sam Jones wide and Robert Lachowicz’s shot from left-wing was saved by Emil Larmi.

Finland went ahead when Oliver Kapanen got the final touch to Oliwer Kaski’s shot through traffic (16:14).

Finland stretch their lead in second period
Jesse Puljujarvi tipped-in Kaski’s shot for Finland’s second (21:45) and it was 3-0 on the powerplay thanks to Jere Innala’s one-timer from the right-circle (24:52).

GB’s best chance saw Brett Perlini denied on the breakaway and his rebound shot was also stopped by Larmi.

Juuso Riikola’s shot through traffic was deflected past Bowns (32:49), Kapanen put away his own rebound (36:01) and Olli Maatta went short-side from the left-circle (38:45) as Finland led by six at the second intermission.

Kapanen completes hat-trick for Finland
Finland scored their seventh when Mikko Lehtonen fired across Bowns from close-range (46:39).

Bowns made a fantastic glove save to deny Innala a second of the afternoon, before Kapanen completed his hat-trick with a redirect from close-range (52:57).

Dowd: We were a little fatigued in our legs
Captain Robert Dowd said: “These first few games were never going to win or lose us the tournament.

“Yesterday’s performance was excellent and today you could see we were a little fatigued in our legs.

“In the second period they took advantage of that.

“They are an elite league, they’re the second best in the world and if you give them an inch they’re going to take it.”