Tait has gold on his mind ahead of 100th GB appearance

23 April 2014 / 18:07

Ashley Tait insists Great Britain are hellbent on claiming a World Championship Division One B gold medal as the forward prepares to make his 100th cap against Lithuania.

Great Britain got off to a disappointing start in Lithuania as they suffered an opening 4-0 defeat to Croatia.

However Tait and co bounced back with a 4-1 victory against Romania to lift spirits ahead of a third match against hosts Lithuania.

And as they sit on three points from their first two games, Tait is adamant the side are looking at nothing less than gold from their World Championship Division One B assault.

Tait said: "We are all still focused on a gold medal and that's what we've come here to achieve.

"It was disappointing to lose to Croatia but we were strong against Romania and it was great to get the win.

"Lithuania will be tough opposition. They have NHL quality in their line-up in Dainius Zubrus.

"They will be roared on by a big, home crowd and I am sure it will be a great atmosphere.

"But we have upset home nations in front of passionate crowds in the past and there's no reason why we can't do it again."

Tait's 100th cap will see him move one behind all-time leader David Longstaff and the Coventry Blaze forward is set to become the most-capped player in GB history by the end of the tournament.

"It is very special to be reaching 100 caps," added Tait. "I still get the same pride as I did all those years ago when I first pulled on a GB shirt.

"We have a great bunch of guys out there and it is special to be sharing this moment with them.

"I have many great and happy memories from playing for GB over the years and I hope there's more to come yet.”

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