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Shields Hat-Trick Makes History – Sets Up Gold Medal Game

Great Britain forward Colin Shields says he is humbled to become the national-team’s leading goalscorer as he moved onto 41 goals, passing the previous record of 40 set by Tony Hand.

The Stena Line Belfast Giants forward scored a hat-trick on his home SSE Arena ice as GB beat Netherlands 14-0 to secure their fourth win in a row at the World Championship Division 1 Group B in Belfast.

“It was a special moment that’s for sure and to do it here in Belfast was the icing on the cake,” said Shields.

“I feel humbled to pass the record set by Tony Hand. I have been aware of it for a couple of years now but have not dwelt on it.

“It was a great feeling when the puck went in as I had a few chances before it. I am very proud to become the all-time leading goalscorer.”

GB return to action tomorrow when they face Japan in a winner-takes-all encounter, with both sides on 12 points at the top of the group.

“I feel we have a had great tournament and it feels like we are peaking at the right time,” continued Shields. “Japan are a very good team and have had a fantastic tournament, but we are so focused.”

“We can’t wait to get back on the ice against Japan and try to create some more history.”

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