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Ice Hockey World Championship: Great Britain beat Italy in opening game

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Great Britain play five games in seven days at the tournament [Getty Images]

Great Britain's women beat Italy 1-0 to make a strong start at the Ice Hockey World Championship Division 1 Group B tournament.

Captain Jodie Alderson-Smith scored the only goal of the game in Riga, Latvia in the second period.

Katie Marsden's shot was saved but Alderson-Smith was on hand to net from the rebound.

It was a sweet success for the GB team who lost to the Italians in a warm-up match.

Their next pool game will be against Poland on Monday before they face Slovakia on Wednesday, Slovenia on Friday and hosts Latvia on Saturday.