IIHF IN-LINE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS | Sweden 2010
Great Britain - Argentina
Monday 28th June 2010
Final Score Great Britain13 -Argentina 3
Great Britain made a comfortable start to their 2010 campaign with what turned out to be a game of two half's.
GB's scoring started on the powerplay on the third shift of the game at 1:25 into the game, it was a well worked goal which pulled the Argentine defence apart this first goal was scored by Kurt Waller off an assist from #48 Mark Hallam (this goal has been credited to Hallam and will be changed at a later date along with two other amended goals). Alex Pearman got onto the score sheet at 3:26 assisted by Captain Richard Walsh at this time GB looked very comfortable however Argentina came back with a goal at 6:39 making it 2:1 at the end of the first period of 12 minutes.
In the second period GB scored two more powerplay goals including a second goal for Kurt Waller, Argentina replied with one, this meant GB went into the half time break with a 4:2 lead. GB didn't really dominate the first half of the game however they never looked in trouble at any time.
Whatever was said in the changing room seemed to change the team in the second half of the game, GB were playing more relaxed fluid hockey which Argentina had no answer for, Nathan Finney and Phil Hamer bagged a couples of goals at 28:05 and 28:47. Alex Pearman then stepped up and scored whilst the team were penalty killing again assisted by Richard Walsh. The line of Moses, Finney, Hutchinson and Hamer accounted for five even handed goals in the second half of the game. At 38:19 Nathan Finney got his hat trick goal he was joined at 46:05 when Kurt Waller scored his third goal of the game to put GB 12:3 up, not to be out done the scoring was closed out by Alex Pearman with his third goal of the game at 46:13 assisted by Kurt Waller.
Great Britain's powerplay line is working really well, of the six powerplay chances GB managed to score four times. Also Great Britain penalty killing is perfect no goals against from the four shorthanded occasions.
This was a good game for Great Britain to ease their way into the championships their performance in the second half of the game will relax all the squad and give them the confidence in their collective ability to go on to great things in this championships.
Line of the game has to be Finney, Hamer, Hutchison and Moses, with so many players playing so well player of the game is hard to pick but Kurt Waller has to get this accolade.