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Colin Shields savours perfect moment with GB

 

By Stuart McKinley

Playing an international tournament in Belfast was the final ingredient that led to the perfect mix for Colin Shields as he toasted the greatest moment in his 15-year international career.

On Friday night the Belfast Giants veteran netted a hat-trick against the Netherlands and in the process set a new post-war Great Britain goalscoring record.

That magnificent achievement was topped 24 hours later when the team beat Japan to claim the gold medal in World Championship Division 1 Group B and promotion to Group A.

Gold medal favourites Japan were expected to pose the biggest test of the week for Pete Russell's men, but GB made it five wins out of five to complete a perfect week for the team - and Shields (37) in particular.

"It seemed like everything this week was meant to be from start to finish," said Shields.

"It was great to see some guys get their first goals and it was a special moment for me for Tony Hand to be here when I broke his record.

"We played our most complete game in the game that mattered.

"That's what we focused on all week, playing 60 minutes in the final game and I thought we couldn't have performed any better.

"Ben Bowns made a few good saves in the third period, but we dominated the game and the exchanges.

"It was an unbelievable week for everybody involved. It's a long week and a long three weeks in training camp.

"Everyone came together at the right times and it was an unbelievable performance from everybody from top to bottom - the coaching staff and backroom staff did a great job too."

Goals from Robert Dowd, Brendan Brooks and a Matthew Myers double gave GB a much more comfortable victory that anyone would have anticipated in what was a gold medal play-off.

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