Ice Hockey: Confident Hill urges GB to clinch bronze medal

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Sheffield Steelers forward Phil Hill says Great Britain will “give it their all” to win a bronze medal at the World Championship (Division 1B) in Vilnius.

Thursday’s 4-3 victory over Netherlands set-up a chance of third place going into the final day of the tournament on Saturday. Poland have already been promoted following their 4-1 win over Croatia, so Lithuania and Croatia will fight it out for silver.

For GB to claim bronze, they need to beat Poland in regulation time and rely on Lithuania beating Croatia in regulation time too.

Hill said: “We will not be going easy in the final game that’s for sure.

“Some might think we have lost heart as the gold medal we came to win has gone.

“But that is not the case at all. We want to end the tournament with a great result.

“Beating Poland would be fantastic and give us a chance of winning the bronze.

“We know we would still have to rely on another result, but if we do our job you never know.”

Head coach Doug Christiansen, formerly of Steelers, felt GB made a “lot of mistakes” against Netherlands.

“We have played better in this tournament and lost, so we will take a win any way it will come,” he said. “But we scored some good goals and can take confidence from that.

“A bronze medal is still a possibility and the boys have set their sights on it.”