Great Britain continued their winning streak at the IIHF World Championships in Zagreb on Friday afternoon with a 6-1 victory over Romania. GB limited Romania to just 11 shots, whilst they kept Otto Onodi busy in the Romanian net with 58 shots.
The victory, GB’s 4th in as many games, sets them up with a chance of promotion on Saturday if they can overcome the Ukraine.
Great Britain took just 3 minutes to get on the scoreboard when Robert Lachowicz fed the puck to Jonathan Phillips to fire past Onodi. They doubled their lead on 11 minutes when Phillips this time controlled the puck and found Jonathan Boxill to make it 2-0 at the first break.
Robert Farmer was next on the scoresheet as he fired home on the 23 minute mark, sending the large contingent of travelling GB fans back into song. Today was the GB Supporters theme day, which saw Dolphins, Hula dancers, Spongebob Square Pants and an array of Hawain shirts in the crowd.
A five-on-three powerplay midway through the period saw GB control the puck and camp themselves in the Romanian zone, and just as one powerplay ended Colin Shields found the back of the net for the 4th GB goal of the game.
The final period saw GB lift their foot off the gas, knowing there was a big game to play in 24hours time. On 48 minutes David Clarke picked up the puck in front of the Romanian goal, and played it back to Matthew Myers to fire high into the top of the net.
A blueline rocket from Jonathan Weaver on 54 minutes saw the 6th and final GB Goal. Ben Bowns hopes of a second consecutive shutout were dashed late on when Ervin Moldovan Horvath fired a low puck under Bowns with under 4 minutes remaining.
GB now face Ukraine on Saturday at 1pm (Midday UK) in the Gold Medal decider.