By James Crook

111223143926217 97685298 10.mainpicture 612March 12- Both winning sides on the opening day at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships B-Pool in Nagano continued their winning ways to secure spots in the semi-finals as hosts Japan edged out Great Britain 3-1 in a close encounter this morning, whilst Germany hit seven goals for the second successive day, beating Slovakia 7-0.

In the first game of the day, Bernhard Hering opened the scoring after just 11 seconds to put Germany ahead, and things didn't get any better for the Slovakians as the game went on.

Bas Disveld hit two goals and team-mates Torsten Ellmer, Udo Segreff, Felix Schrader and Frank Rennhack all netted to give Germany a convincing 7-0 win to put themselves top of the group following their 7-2 win over Estonia yesterday.

After their 11-0 win over Poland on the opening day, Japan may have been anticipating an easy ride against Great Britain, but the host nation were certainly made to fight for their victory.

Sledge Hockey Page 7667 488 0 0Great Britain will face Poland tomorrow as both teams search for their first points of the tournament

After a goalless first period, Satoru Sudo opened the scoring for Japan during a power play, and Eiji Misawa successfully converted following an assist from Sudo, who scored twice and made two assists yesterday, to give Japan a 2-0 lead going into the final period.

Great Britain were down but not out, and when Steve Thomas scored to make it 2-1, GB had their eyes on an equaliser.

But Tomohiko Maruo had other ideas, adding to the goal he scored yesterday to seal the win for Japan and continue their 100 per cent start in the tournament to book their place in the semi-finals on Friday (March 15).

Japan and Germany have a well-earned rest day tomorrow as Estonia face Slovakia in the first game at 2pm local time (5AM GMT), and Great Britain take on Poland at 5.30pm local time (8.30AM GMT).

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