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Britain loses first championship game after returning to elite group
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Britain loses first championship game after returning to elite group

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Bratislava, May 12: After being relegated from the A-category of ice hockey teams in 1994, Britain managed to fight their way back to the top this year. Their aim now is to avoid relegation battles at the end of the hockey world championship in Slovakia, but in their first game of the tournament, they lost to Germany 3-1.

Germany, the astonishing silver medalists of the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, struggled to find a way past Britain's attentive defense and goaltender Ben Bowns until late in the second period when Moritz Seider's wrist shot from the high slot sailed into the goal.

Britain was awarded a tying goal after Leon Draisaitl's failed clearing attempt early in the third, but Germany's Yasin Ehliz and the redeemed Draisaitl scored in short succession to crush Britain's hopes for a solid result.

In their next battles, Germany will face Denmark on Sunday and Britain will be against Canada.

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