IIHF IN-LINE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS | Sweden 2010
Great Britain 5 - Brazil 0
Wednesday 30th June 2010
Great Britain skated to a 5-0 win over Brazil and secure their place in the promotion game, this was the final game of the group stage and the first game where Great Britain got it right for the entirety of the game.
Brazil started the game trying to man mark the GB players however this was simply not good enough. Great Britain controlled the entire games speed and tempo and enjoyed the majority of the possession of the puck.
The first goal came at 10:06 from the now reliable stick of Kurt Waller who drove down the centre of the court towards the Brazil net whilst Alex Pearman skated the puck past a defending Brazilian player along the boards, Pearman delivered a beautifully weighted pass to Waller who at full speed backhand sweep shoot the puck past the Brazilian keeper. The first period ended 1:0
At 17:16 Tom Avery and Jack Clarkson got their first points in an IIHF championships. Near the end of the first half GB were on the attack and made a shoot across the goal, the Brazilian netminder tracked shot and then went down injured; he had to retire from the game injured.
At 31:30 Alex Pearman got his Irish Hat Trick (Penalty, Assist & Goal) with a goal assisted by Jack Clarkson and Kurt Waller, shortly after at 32:16 Danny Hutchison got onto the sheet with a well worked pass it around goal with assists going to Phil Hamer and Nathan Finney.
The last goal of the game came at 40:14 on the powerplay scored again by Danny Hutchinson assisted by Phil Hamer.
Netminder James Tanner faced 26 shots during the game many of which were simple bread and butter saves but near the end of the game Tandog pulled off what can only be described as an impossible save, this one save alone would have got him an instant man of the match award, he received a well deserved rare inline shutout.
Great Britain controlled and were patient when on the puck, building the play from their end of the court all three number 1's (Walsh, Hallam and Moses) marshalled their lines in front of them and controlled the build up of the play, which is something they will need tomorrow when they play the much experienced German team.