GB INLINE THROUGH TO SEMI-FINALS

REPORT FROM IIHF.COM

Division I: Great Britain vs. Argentina 5-3 (1-0, 2-2, 0-0, 2-1)

Great Britain and Argentina delivered each other a tough battle as both aimed at returning to the semi-finals. But that dream only became true for the British, who won the game 5-3.

Argentina outshot the British 33-18 but early success in the game gave Team GB the necessary advantage. Ben Lowe opened the scoring at 2:14 and 18 seconds into the second period Dan Hutchinson made it 2-0 on a powerplay.

The Argentines tried to battle back. When Herman Insua Shanly brought his team onto the scoreboard, the British replied with Alex Kingston’s goal.

But Guido Marcolongo cut the deficit again with a marker four seconds before the intermission and after a scoreless third period, Owen Haiek tied the game at three 78 seconds in the fourth frame.

The British regained the lead with Nathan Finney’s goal at 6:12. Argentina were looking to tie the score and force overtime, but Hutchinson scored into the empty net with three seconds remaining in regulation time to seal his team the win and a semi-final berth.

Argentina will move into the placement game and aim at a fifth-place finish and direct qualification for the 2019 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship.

Photo: Jan Sukup.