2015 IIHF ICE HOCKEY U20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Div. II Group A Game Day 3
The motivation was clear.
Win today and the gold medal could be within sight of one regulation win come Friday afternoon.
Things haven’t gone to plan for GB of late, with captain Matt Selby out for the rest of the tournament due to IIHF concussion rules and Peter Russell having to jet home and back for family reasons.
Craig Moore took the “C” on the ice for Selby and the team responded with a fine first period starting with Duggan drawing a penalty inside 90 seconds.
Romania’s net minder Attila Adorjan has been the busiest man in the tournament up till now and he was excellent, making a pair of saves late in the power play. GB almost added to their shorthanded tallies in this tournament before finally taking the lead on the man advantage.
Sam Duggan firing home short side between Adorjan’s blocker and the post to tally GB’s first power play goal of the competition.
Adam Goss had to be sharp as Romania responded to going down a goal, making a double save as forwards crashed the net. GB repaid their netminder by doubling the lead and what a sweet marker it was.
Ollie Betteridge was the only man in Romania’s zone and he sped by the defenseman before firing home a fantastic wrist shot. Instead of shutting down shop for the remaining 1:38, a lapse in concentration allowed Romania to counter with a goal of their own. Istvan Gereb putting home the rebound after Goss had make the initial save on Constantin.
If the first period was all action, then the second was not. A much slower pace that I’m sure GB weren’t happy with. After firing 16 shots in the first, GB managed just seven in the middle frame but made one of them count. A fantastic finish from Lewis Hook, his first goal of the tournament with 27:44 on the clock. Romania continued to dominate the majority of the play and with GB giving up two straight man advantages, on the second they would pay the price. Constantin the goal scorer this time as he tipped home a blast from the point.
With Russell’s word ringing in their ears, GB came out firing in the third with two good shots inside a minute. Lewis Hook then hit the crossbar at the four minute mark as GB looked for an insurance marker.
They wouldn’t have to wait too long however as Lewis Hook centred for Chamberlain and although Adorjan made a fine stop to deny him, Jordan Cownie was on hand to clean up the garbage and once more restore the two goal lead.
A penalty kill shortly afterwards took the wind out of the Romanian sails as the realisation they were to be beaten again took hold.
The icing on the cake came within the last two minutes as Cownie was once more the man on the spot to clear up the garbage after a shot from Chamberlain.
A 5-2 victory which wasn’t GB’s best performance so far but a professional one nonetheless.
Lewis Hook was named GB’s Best Player of the Game with three points including the game winner.
Bobby Chamberlain should also get a mention with three assists, all coming from him putting the puck on net.
Adam Goss was again Mr. Consistent with 27 saves and came up big when his team needed him to.
If Estonia fail to win in the last game today (Wednesday) then GB will win gold with a regulation victory on Friday.
1 – 0 PP1 GBR 22. DUGGAN Samuel from (8. HOOK Lewis)
2 – 0 EQ GBR 11. BETTERIDGE Oliver from (10. WYNN Cameron) & (17. TAYLOR Floyd)
3 – 1 EQ GBR 8. HOOK Lewis from (12. CHAMBERLAIN Bobby) & (18. GRIEVESON Joshua)
4 – 2 EQ GBR 14. COWNIE Jordan from (12. CHAMBERLAIN Bobby) & (8. HOOK Lewis)
5 – 2 EQ GBR 14. COWNIE Jordan from (12. CHAMBERLAIN Bobby)