Great Britain defenseman Mark Garside says getting the early goal was crucial in their 6-1 victory over Romania in the World Championship (Division 1B) in Zagreb.
GB’s victory means they can win the gold medal and promtion on Saturday, if they can collect one point against Ukraine at the Dom Sportova Arena (face-off 12 noon UK time).
“The first goal was important for us against Romania – we did that against Lithuania as well,” said Garside.
“We have got ourselves a couple of goals up in the last two games and made it easier for ourselves.
“I think we just need to play simple hockey against Ukraine. They are better opposition than most of the teams here.
“A gold medal would be amazing for me and team. We’ve fought so hard over the last week or so, starting from the training camp.
“It would mean the world to all of us.”
Russell Cowley has credited his linemates for his free-scoring performances during this week’s tournament.
The 32-year-old has three goals and three assists so far, with all six points coming in GB’s first three matches.
Cowley started on a line with Ashley Tait and Craig Peacock, but Ross Venus has also slotted in during the last two games.
“I have to give credit to Ash, Ross and Craig as they’re making life easier for me,” said Cowley. “The chemistry we’ve had over the four games has worked out well.
“Sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t – and I’ve been fortunate enough that they’ve been going in.”
Forward Matthew Myers believes there is still room for improvement, despite GB making it four wins out of four against Romania.
“It was really important that we came out and did a job against Romania,” he said. “We didn’t play our best and we can still do better I am sure of that.
“Tomorrow will be fun – we will have to bring our A-game as they are a good team. Hopefully we can end the day with a gold medal around our necks.”
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