GB Prospects Claim Victory

Great Britain Prospects made it a double-winning night for GB with a 3-1 victory over Romania at the Fife Ice Arena.

The first period may have been goalless but it was a very competitive opening 20 minutes with many battles for the puck and checks being finished by both sides.

It was Team GB Prospects who had the better chances of the first period, having outshot Romania 10 shots to three, but were unable to capitalise on their dominance.

A good move from Lewis Hook, who started off with the puck at his own net, was unfortunate not to score but was denied by Romanian netminder Cornea Adrian Catrioni.

Soon after, Telford forward Natham Salem picked up the puck on the left wing and skated in on net but once again was denied by Catrioni in the Romanian net.

In the second period, Team GB didn’t have to wait long for their opening goal when they found the net on the powerplay through Bobby Chamberlain at 20:49, after Attila Goga was assessed a two-minute roughing penalty after a check on Sam Zajac.

A fantastic move involving Chris Jones and Dan Scott then set up Ciaran Long, who rifled a shot from between the two face-off circles in front of the Romanian goal for GB’s second goal at 26:49.

At the 30-minute mark of the game both teams changed netminders when Sam Gospel replaced Mike Will for GB and Otto Onodi replaced Cornea Adrian Catrioni.

After the netminder change, Romania had the better of the offensive chances and Gospel was called in to action a number of times during the remainder of the second period.

The third period was continued in the same fashion with plenty of chances for both sides, but it wasn’t until 51:27 when Jones fired in GB’s third goal, when he fired the puck in to the top corner of Onodi’s net.

Matyas Biro pulled a goal back for Romania when he found a way past Sam Gospel at 51:57.

Coach Martin Grubb said: “I thought we played really well against a well-organised Romanian team, who are preparing to go to their World Championship.

“We dominated most of the game. We limited their chances early on and made good decisions at both ends of the ice and scored three nice goals.

“The players can be very proud of their efforts and it proves the depth we have in the GB program now.

“IHUK deserve tremendous credit for putting this team together and I hope we have managed to help Pete get international experience for more players as he takes the program forward.”‎