Ice Hockey: GB wait on Steelers forward

Jonathan Phillips scores against Romania. Picture: Colin Lawson.
Jonathan Phillips scores against Romania. Picture: Colin Lawson.
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Great Britain are sweating over the fitness of Sheffield Steelers forward Phil Hill ahead of their meeting with Lithuania today.

Hill lost a tooth in Monday’s 4-1 win over Romania as GB recorded their first victory at the World Championship (Division 1B) in Vilnius. Matthew Mayers is also an injury worry, having picked up an ankle problem.

Steelers ace Jonathan Phillips scored GB’s second goal, with Ben Davies, Colin Shields and Mark Garside also registering while Otto Biro bagged a consolation for Romania.

Former Sheffield Steelers boss Doug Christiansen, now head coach of GB, said: “We played well with energy and the commitment. A win’s a win and we will take it and move onto the hosts on Wednesday. It was really a matter of going out and executing.

“The powerplay scored two goals and the penalty kill did a good job.”

GB, in their first match of the tournament, fell to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Canada.

Steelers forward Robert Dowd described their win over Romania as “excellent” and believes the team should be “proud” of the display.

Dowd said: “It has been a while since we last won and got to hear the national anthem played, so this was very special. Once we scored, you could see the confidence flow from the guys and we went on a real roll.

“This is a massive win and brings us back into contention in the tournament. We had to be patient but once we scored, we pushed on and produced a terrific display.”