IIHF IN-LINE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS | GERMANY 2009
Great Britain 10-4 Hungary
Monday 8th June 2009
Great Britain tallied a second successive victory at the 2009 IIHF In-Line World Championships and moved top of their group with a 10-4 win against familiar foes Hungary. In a thoroughly impressive performance Alex Pearman stole the show with a hat-trick and an assist while teenagers Phil Hamer (2), Dan Hutchinson and Nathan Finney scored their first goals for GB at this level. With Simon Hehir tallying three assists, it was a solid all-round performance that promises well for the rest of the tournament. Other GB goals were tallied by Kris Hendy, Tim McKay (taking his own tally to three for the tournament) and Remi Moses as they outshot the Hungarians 44-17.
After cruising against South Africa yesterday, GB moved into a further gear and began with a purpose. Hamer grabbed his first GB goal in the opening period which was cancelled out by Lencses, however GB stepped on the gas and raced into a 5-1 lead at the half-way point through Moses, Hutchinson, Pearman and Finney. In the third period Hungary pulled the game back to 5-3 against the run of play before Pearman inspired a four goal burst that made the game secure with the Hallamshire Hornet completing his hat-trick with forty seconds remaining.
“Absolutely delighted with the performance tonight”, said Head Coach Nick Crawley. “Hungary are an experienced team and our new players really showed their potential tonight but credit to (Alex) Pearman. He was on fire tonight and showed what a force he can be.”
GB faces Brazil tomorrow evening (7pm local time) in a group decider with the winner progressing to a playoff against a top division team on Wednesday. Brazil beat South Africa 5-3 earlier today and sit second in the group. In group C Austria beat Japan 8-1 and Australia demolished group whipping boys Taipei 18-3 with the two victors meeting in their group decider tomorrow.
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