Jamieson fires Team GB to Olympic qualifying victory

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MAN of the match Leigh Jamieson played a leading role as Great Britain’s ice hockey team beat Romania 3-0 on Saturday to keep their hopes of reaching the 2014 Winter Olympics alive.

The Lightning forward scored the opening goal of the game in Japan as Great Britain won comfortably to set up a winner-takes-all clash with the home nation on Sunday.

Following a heartbreaking 5-4 defeat after penalty shots to Korea in their opening game, victory over the Romanians means GB still stand a chance of topping the four-team group and progressing through to the next round of qualifying for Sochi 2014, with Japan beating Korea in overtime in their second game.

Jamieson fired GB in front at 3:17 before Ben O’Connor bagged his second goal of the tournament at 18:32, and the score remained 2-0 until the third period when Robert Dowd netted at 52:39 to complete a memorable win and performance.

Head coach Tony Hand said: “We dominated the game and fully deserved our victory. All the guys played their hearts out. They were fantastic and there were man of the match performances all over the ice.”

Going into Sunday’s showdown, Japan top the table on five points, followed by Great Britain on four and Korea on three, meaning a regulation time win for GB will see them reach the next qualifying group in February when they would take on hosts Germany, Austria and Italy.