Shields’ treble takes him past Hand’s record

Colin Shields became Great Britain’s all-time leading goalscorer as a 14-0 victory over Netherlands ensured a winner-takes-all showdown with Japan in the World Championship (Division 1B) tournament in Belfast.

Shields scored a hat-trick to move onto 41 international goals and one ahead of previous record-holder Tony Hand.

Sam Duggan (2), Brendan Brooks (2), Robert Dowd (2), Jonathan Phillips, Craig Peacock, Robert Lachowicz, Liam Stewart and Matthew Myers also got on the scoresheet.

GB and Japan are level on 12 points at the top of the table, meaning the winner of Saturday’s game between the two sides will win the gold medal and play in Division 1A next year.

Head Coach Pete Russell said: “That was a complete team performance and one to be very proud of.

“It was a special night to be in the building with Colin Shields breaking the goalscoring record and Sam Duggan getting his first international goals.

“The crowd were superb and their backing was amazing. It was just a night to remember. Now we have to focus on Japan and keep doing what we have been doing all week.”

Shields added: “It was a special moment that’s for sure and to do it here in Belfast was the icing on the cake.

“I have been aware of it for a couple of years now, but have not dwelt on it. It was a great feeling when the puck went in as I had a few chances before it.

“I am very proud to become the all-time leading goalscorer.”

(Image permission: Dean Woolley)

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