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Shields shatters goals record as GB set up a gold medal shoot-out

 

By Stuart McKinley

Colin Shields shot himself into the history books as Great Britain set up a gold medal decider against Japan tonight by hammering the Netherlands 14-0.

The Belfast Giants forward scored a hat-trick to move onto 41 international goals - one ahead of Tony Hand's record.

GB will now face Japan this evening in a winner-takes-all battle for top spot and promotion into Group A.

As well as Shields breaking the record, his Belfast Giants team-mate Stephen Murphy notched up a shut-out.

Shields got the ball rolling with a powerplay goal at 4:14, getting a touch on Jonathan Phillips' shot to score. Phillips then scored himself, making it 2-0 at 4:50, and it was 3-0 at the end of the first period thanks to Samuel Duggan, who scooped up a rebound to score his first international goal at 18:39.

It was in the second period that Great Britain ran riot and scored five times.

Brandon Brooks also scored his first GB goal 1:34 into the second period. The next four goals came in the space of just three minutes and 49 seconds.

First, Craig Peacock struck from the right circle on a powerplay at 31:02 and 21 seconds later Robert Lachowicz swept home.

The record-equalling goal then came at 32:17 when Shields rattled in a shot off a post.

The Dutch goalie was replaced, but the new man did no better and Duggan scored again.

There was no let up from GB in the third period. Liam Stewart got number nine at 42:35 before Robert Dowd made it 10 on a powerplay at 47:23.

The biggest cheer of the night came at 49:32 when Shields netted his third to claim the record.

Matt Myers, Brooks and Dowd scored within four minutes to complete the rout and coach Pete Russell will now hope that his team have saved some goals for the game against Japan.

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