SHEFFIELD STEELERS: Dowd takes a step closer to big Euro contract

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Robert Dowd - the former Sheffield Steelers ace now in the transfer shop window - improved his chances of a move to a big European club when he scored a hat-trick as Great Britain secured a 4-3 victory against Ukraine in the World Championships in Slovenia.

Ukraine took the lead after good stick work by Olexander Pobyedonostsev in the slot (13:29). Belfast Giants’ Dowd levelled with a penalty shot at 23:05 as the speedy forward was hauled down when through on goal, and scored his first goal of the tournament with a neat finish.

Four goals then followed in a five-minute spell as Great Britain first had a two-goal lead only to be pegged back to 3-3.

Nottingham Panthers forward Matthew Myers put GB ahead shorthanded (30:46) with a fantastic individual goal. With Owen Fussey in the penalty box, Myers used his strength to come away from two Ukraine defencemen on the left boards and fire past Mykhailo Balaban.

Just over two minutes later Dowd scored his second of the game (32:53), reacting first to a loose puck in the crease, with assists going to Colin Shields and Corey Nelson.

Serge Klymentyev’s one-time blast from right point on the powerplay closed the gap (35:07) and Olexander Pobyedonostsev’s deflected shot from the slot (35:51) drew Ukraine level 44 seconds later.

The game went to overtime and Dowd completed his hat-trick with a wrist shot.

n GB return to action today when they face Japan and will finish the tournament on Saturday against Hungary.