NEWS: GB sail past Serbia to set up finale

NEWS: GB sail past Serbia to set up finale
Colin Shields becomes GB's second all time scorer with his goal against Serbia (Picture by Colin Lawson)

Colin Shields becomes GB’s second all time scorer with his goal against Serbia (Picture by Colin Lawson)

WINTER OLYMPICS 2018 PRE-QUALIFIER
GREAT BRITAIN 6 SERBIA 2

Great Britain beat Serbia 6-2 to set up a chance of going through to the final qualifying stage for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

GB outshot Serbia 52-16 as coach Pete Russell gave the starting netminder berth to Stevie Lyle on his 76th cap.

Colin Shields became GB’s second all-time leading goalscorer when he netted his 33rd international goal, passing Kevin Conway.

The Belfast Giants forward stepped in from the left and fired past Arsenije Rankovic at 4:28.

Serbia grabbed a surprise equaliser as a giveaway in the GB defence saw Nenad Rakovic pounce on the puck and fire low past Lyle (8:03).

Matty Davies scored his first GB goal with a neat finish from the slot (11:27) as GB opened up a 2-1 first period lead.

Great Britain hit penalty trouble early in the second period and Uros Bjelogrlic levelled the game at two from the side of the net at 25:44 on a five-on-three powerplay.

Jonathan Boxill touched in his first GB goal as he deflected a shot from David Phillips past Rankovic (29:50).

David Clarke made it 4-2 with a finish from the right circle with a two-man advantage at 35:27 after Steve Lee had hit the post.

Clarke then fired in his 26th GB career goal as he coverted a pass from Craig Peacock on the powerplay (54:54), while Robert Lachowicz’s stunning toe drag and low shot rounded off the scoring at 59:37.

GB head coach, Pete Russell, said: “One of the best things about today is we scored six goals again.

“We have got a lot of guys scoring at the moment and that is really good for us.

“I am pleased with the outcome, although at times I did not feel we got pucks to the net.

“I am really excited about tomorrow. We came here to be in this position and I am very looking forward to Italy.”

Article courtesy of Ice Hockey UK

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Colin Shields becomes GB's second all time scorer with his goal against Serbia (Picture by Colin Lawson)

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