Friday 20 September 2019

Great Britain beat Japan to win first gold in 24 years

Matt Myers celebrates scoring for Great Britain (Dean Woolley)
Matt Myers celebrates scoring for Great Britain (Dean Woolley)

Great Britain secured promotion for the first time in 24 years as they beat Japan 4-0 in the gold medal game at Belfast's SSE Arena.

Both sides had won their first four matches in World Championship Division One Group B as promotion came down to the final game of the tournament.

GB, whose last gold medal came in the Netherlands in 1993, punished Japan with a five-on-three powerplay marker from Robert Dowd at 17.42.

They capitalised on the man advantage again at 24.37 with Brendan Brooks scoring before Japan had a goal ruled out following a video review.

Shortly afterwards Britain added a third with Matt Myers tipping in a Colin Shields shot before the same player registered his second at 37.55.

Goaltender Ben Bowns, who won three trophies with Cardiff Devils this season, was named man of the match after a 20-save shut-out as GB look forward to playing in ice hockey's second tier next year.

GB also secured promotion the last time a men's World Championship tournament was staged in the UK - in Hull - in 1992.

Head coach Peter Russell said: "This is the biggest moment of my career and it is a fantastic feeling.

"To do it on home ice in front of so many fantastic supporters really is amazing.

"Those boys deserve it. They were so focused all week. Nothing fazed them.

"I thought we were so good from the first whistle and you could tell they were so up for it.

"I am so proud of every one of them and they deserve the promotion."

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