Alderson-Biddulph treble keeps GB rolling

Great Britain Under-20s coach Martin Grubb was pleased to claim a second win in three games in their World Championship campaign, but revealed his team got ‘sloppy’ at one point.

GB are second in the group with six points, three points behind leaders Japan, but had to hold off a determined Romania to claim a 5-3 win in the end.

But Grubb was pleased to see his players react after giving up a two-goal lead to take the points.

“We got off to a good start just like we did against Lithuania, but then we got sloppy and stopped doing the little things right and got ourselves in trouble,” he said.

“We talked about patience and finding a way to win no matter what and I thought our big offensive players stepped up.

“We showed resilience and character to find a way to win despite being nowhere near our best. 

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“These tournaments are about winning and keeping the momentum rolling and thankfully we’ve done that today. We need to be better tomorrow and keep finding ways to win.”

GB went ahead after only 23 seconds as Mason Alderson Biddulph jumped onto a mistake in the Romania defence on the first shift of the game.

A well-worked goal – with Austin Mitchell-King and Patrick Larkin getting the assists – saw Louis Chabot make it 2-0 at 15:34, before Dragos Petrica closed the gap from the right circle early in the second session. 

After a scrappy second period, the third session burst into life with four goals in a little over four minutes.

Romania equalised short-handed through Eduard Casanean, while Alderson Biddulph danced through the defence to put GB ahead again a couple of minutes later with his second of the game.

Zsolt Reszegh hauled Romania level before Alderson Biddulph completed his hat-trick when his shot from the blueline crept in, followed by Cade Neilson scoring with a rebound with six minutes to go to wrap up an impressive victory. 

GB are straight back into action on Friday as they play Spain at 10am (12noon UK time).

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