Great Britain off the mark with victory over Romania

21 April 2014 / 19:15

Head coach Doug Christiansen insists hosts Lithuania hold no fear for his Great Britain side as they got off the mark at the World Championship Division One B with victory over Romania.

Great Britain dominated most of the clash with Romania but couldn’t find a way onto the scoresheet in the early stages.

Instead they were losing players as forward Matthew Myers limped off with an ankle injury while Phil Hill lost a tooth.

However, Great Britain did take the lead just past the halfway point 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.

A second followed moments later when Danny Meyers fed Mark Garside, who cut inside to set up Jonathan Phillips for the score.

Colin Shields moved joint-fifth in GB's all-time leading goalscorers list when he jammed the puck home on a rebound after 46 minutes.

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.

But Great Britain hit straight back 18 seconds later with Meyers and O'Connor providing the assists on Mark Garside's neat wraparound finish for a 4-1 victory.

Next up for Great Britain are hosts Lithuania and Christiansen admits his side will head into the clash full of confidence after the win.

"We played well with energy and the commitment,” Christiansen said. "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 staying out of the box. We did a great job of that in our first game and a great job here."

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