Colin Shields set to be GB ice hockey's all-time leading scorer
BELFAST Giants forward Colin Shields has moved to within touching distance of becoming Great Britain's all-time leading scorer after adding to his tally in the 5-2 World Championship Division 1 B game with Lithuania at the SSE Arena.
The 37-year-old Scot is now just two behind former Giants' player-coach Tony Hand's total of 40 career goals at international level.
After their third successive win, GB can set up a gold medal decider with Japan in the final game of the tournament tomorrow if they can defeat the Netherlands tonight (7.30pm).
Only one team goes up and the hosts have been denied promotion in the final game in the past two championships but Shields feels that, with home advantage, the team is hitting form at the right time.
Realistically, GB should have few problems against a Dutch side that has lost all three of its matches and conceded 20 goals in the process.
"You can see the guys really rallying behind each other and we've continued to get better with each game; there have been a lot of positives and hopefully we can take those into the Netherlands and Japan games." Shields said.
"I'd say that (the Lithuania game) was our most complete performance, we had bit of lapse in the second (period) but they stepped it up and brought some pressure which we responded to.
"We know what's at stake with all the games, we have to keep that in mind and continue to play good hockey and try to do it for the full 60 minutes.
"We had a really good third and shut them down; they played a physical game but we're used to that with the style of hockey we play in the league here.
“Everyone played well from Bownsy (netminder Ben Bowns) out to all the forwards and it was good to get the points.”