Highlights & Report: Boxill And Shields Score In Team GB Rout
Stena Line Belfast Giants forwards Jonathan Boxill and Colin Shields both scored for Team GB in the 8-0 win over Lithuania in the World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
It was an afternoon of outstanding displays from front to back, with GB limiting Lithuania to only 10 shots and netminder Ben Bowns securing a shutout.
There were special moments for Ross Venus and Robert Lachowicz who scored their first World Championship goals. GB were without Robert Dowd who spent the previous night in hospital after complaining of abdominal pains, but he returned to watch the game from the stands.
GB took the lead short-handed as Jonathan Phillips, who along with Matthew Myers was presented with his 75th cap before the game, stole the puck off netminder Artur Pavliukov and flipped it into an unguarded net (8:34).
Russell Cowley’s feed from behind the net enabled Ashley Tait to score his 25th international goal with a one-time shot from right side at 17:29. Cowley then set up Venus in the left circle for a fantastic finish 13 seconds into the second period (20:13).
Lachowicz went top shelf on a pass from Jonathan Phillips for his third international goal at 24:52 and Ben O’Connor’s powerplay blast from the top of the right circle made it 5-0 at 30:42. That brought about a change in the Lithuania net with teenager Donatas Zukovas replacing Pavliukov.
But Zukovas picked the puck out of the net only 23 seconds later as Jonathan Boxill pounced on a rebound (31:05).
Cowley’s finish on the doorstep at 36:15 was quickly followed by Colin Shields scoring on the powerplay for his 36th international goal (39:00).
There was no further scoring in the third period as GB moved up to second in the Division 1B table on eight points, a point behind Ukraine who have nine points from three matches.
Forward Colin Shields says Great Britainâ€™s pressure on the puck was key with the result moving GB to second in the six-team group and a point behind leaders Ukraine who have nine points from three matches.
Shields scored GBâ€™s eighth goal and the 36th of his international career.
â€œI think we just got more pressure on the puck and everybody worked that little bit harder,â€ said Shields.
â€œThey didnâ€™t seem to get any easy breakouts coming out of their zone. The defence were stepping up and picking off passes and getting in their forwards’ faces. They couldnâ€™t even get out of their zone at times. It is a credit to the boys for working hard and sticking to the system.”
“We knew they were coming off a couple of big wins. We went at them hard and I think we did a good job.â€
There are no games in the tournament on Thursday and GB return to action on Friday when they face Romania at 1pm (12noon Belfast time).
Photo: Colin Lawson