IIHF IN-LINE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS | GERMANY 2009
Great Britain 5-3 Brazil
Friday 12th June 2009
Great Britain reached the final of the 2009 IIHF In-Line World Championships with a stylish 5-3 win against Brazil. After yesterday’s win against Japan, GB were fired up to face the Brazilians and despite some inconsistent refereeing looked comfortable.
GB were re-shaped following the loss of defenceman Kriss Hendy with a ruptured cruciate ligament knee injury suffered in the Japan game, and the re-shaped side moved into a 4-0 lead at the half way stage after two goals from Dan Hutchinson, one for Alex Pearman and a second in two games for defenceman Richard Walsh. After the half break Brazil fought back, bringing the game back to 4-3 before Pearman sealed the win with his second with six minutes to go.
It is the second year in a row GB have made the final of Division One, where last year the silver was claimed against Canada. This year they will face former Pool A team Austria, a side they have faced only twice before in the tournament Pool A promotion / relegation game where each time Austria held firm.
“It is a massive game tomorrow,” said Head Coach Nick Crawley, “The guys were focused today and did their jobs superbly. I’m really pleased with how we’ve developed this year and tomorrow will see us bring home at least a silver medal which will be a great achievement but gold is what we want.” On the loss of popular team member Hendy, Crawley was full of admiration: “Kriss is a really great team player, he’s had his head up since the injury and been positive with all the guys. We missed him today and we will miss him tomorrow, but he is still a part of this team and the guys will be going all out to win for him against Austria.”
The winner of tomorrow’s final will also gain promotion to Pool A as well as the Division One gold medal.
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