Great Britain lost 6-0 to Kazakhstan to make it three defeats out of three in their 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics qualifying campaign.
But Kazakhstan established a 2-0 lead in the opening 130 seconds, Ben Bowns making a string of saves to prevent an even heavier defeat.
"This has been a big learning curve for the players," said coach Tony Hand.
GB had high hopes of closing their qualifying campaign with a win against a side just four places above them in the world rankings.
But they found themselves comprehensively outplayed by a classy Kazakhstan side.
The performance of Bowns, making his first international start in place of veteran Stevie Lyle, was one of the few positives as the 22-year-old kept the deficit at six.
"We probably took too many penalties and that hurt us," added Hand. "We kept it at a 0-0 final period and we can take heart from that."