Colin Shields Hat-Trick Sees Team GB Win Final Game
Great Britain have given themselves a chance of a bronze medal at the World Championship Division 1B following a final-day 4-2 victory over Poland in Vilnius.
Colin Shields netted a hat-trick and grabbed an assist as GB wrapped the competition up with victory over the previously unbeaten side.
GB now need hosts Lithuania to beat Croatia in the last game of the tournament, with both sides battling for silver.
Doug Christiansen’s side went ahead at 22:54 as Colin Shields batted the puck out of the air driving the net, with assists to Robert Lachowicz and Ben Davies.
The Belfast Giants forward netted his second goal (28:29) firing top shelf from the slot, set up by Lachowicz and Ben Davies.
Poland, who were already promoted with four straight wins, pulled one back with Pawel Dronia’s one-time blast from right point on the powerplay (35:38).
It was 2-2 at 45:31 at Krystian Dziubinksi reacted first to a loose puck to level the game up.
Robert Dowd scored on a five-on-three powerplay to put GB ahead again when he fired high from close-in, assisted by Shields and Jonathan Weaver.
Shields completed his treble into an empty net, with Mark Garside getting the assist.
Coach Christiansen said: “We were fantastic and I am so proud of them.
“We had a gameplan and we executed it perfectly, it was an excellent performance.
“Everyone gave their all, everyone stuck to the system and they did what they had to do.
“It means so much to me and I hope we can round it off with a bronze medal.”
Photo: Colin Lawson
— Belfast Giants (@BelfastGiants) April 26, 2014