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NEWS: Peacock warns a good start needed for GB

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Glasgow’s Braehead Clan forward Craig Peacock says Great Britain have to start better as they continue their preparations for the World Championships in Belfast.

Peacock returns to a venue where he served with distinction as a Belfast Giants player for seven years prior to his move to Glasgow last year.

He believes it can be a case of third time lucky for Pete Russell’s men, after being edged into a silver medal in each of the last two years.

“The first game on Friday was a slow start in the first period and it showed we have to be switched on from the moment the puck drops in Belfast,” Peacock said.

“We played some good stuff in the second and the third period.  It was a different game in Coventry on Saturday and managed to get a good result.

“The quick turnaround meant there might have been some fatigue and something guys aren’t used to, but that happens in these tournaments.

“We have to be switched on and if we start the way we started against Poland on Friday, it could end it for you.  It showed we need to be ready and gives us the chance to work on things.

“I’d like to think this is the year for GB.  We’ve been unlucky the last two seasons, going into the last game needing a draw, but unfortunately we fell short and that was tough to take.

“We certainly don’t want that feeling again and to do it on home ice would be pretty special.”

Great Britain begin their 2017 World Championship Division 1B campaign when they take on Croatia on Sunday at 4pm, with the tournament continuing throughout the week.