Team GB Win 4-1 In World Championships
Great Britain beat Romania 4-1 to record their first victory at the World Championship (Division 1B) in Vilnius. GB dominated much of the game but had to wait until past the halfway point to score their first goal.
By then they had lost the services of forward Matthew Myers to an ankle injury – his fitness will be assessed ahead of GB’s third game against hosts Lithuania on Wednesday, while Phil Hill lost a tooth.
GB took the lead through a well-worked goal on the powerplay as David Clarke and Robert Lachowicz combined to set-up Ben Davies for his first World Championship goal (32:45).
A second following under two minutes later (34:35) when Danny Meyers fed Mark Garside, who cut inside to set up Jonathan Phillips driving the net.
Colin Shields moved joint-fifth in GB’s all-time leading goalscorers list when he jammed the puck home on a rebound at 45:47, with assists going to Ben O’Connor and Robert Farmer.
Ben Bowns, who faced 26 shots after being given the start in goal, saw his shutout broken when a giveaway in the GB defence enabled Otto Biro to score at 59:16.
But GB hit straight back 18 seconds later (59:34) with Meyers and O’Connor providing the assists on Mark Garside’s neat wraparound finish.
GB head coach, Doug Christiansen, said: “We played well with energy and the commitment
“A win’s a win and we will take it and move onto the hosts on Wednesday.
“It was really a matter of going out and executing.
“The powerplay scored two goals and the penalty kill did a good job.
“One of the things crucial to us is saying out of the box. We did a great job of that yesterday and a great job today.”
Photo: Colin Lawson (IceHockeyMedia)