Britain keep hopes alive

Last Updated: 11/11/12 12:28pm

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Great Britain kept alive their Winter Olympic qualification hopes following a 3-0 win over Romania in Japan.

Having lost on penalty shots to South Korea in their opening Group J match, Tony Hand's side secured their first win courtesy of goals from Leigh Jamieson, Ben O'Connor and Robert Dowd.

Netminder Stephen Murphy marked his 50th cap with a 17-shot shut-out while David Longstaff - presented with a special GB shirt and glass plaque before the game - celebrated his 100th international appearance with two assists.

Jamieson gave Britain a fourth-minute lead and O'Connor claimed his second goal of the tournament a minute before the end of the first period before Dowd wrapped up victory seven minutes from time.

"We dominated the game and fully deserved our victory," said Hand. "All the guys played their hearts out. They were fantastic and there were man-of-the-match performances all over the ice.

"We are very much alive in this tournament and hopefully this result has set up a thrilling final game against Japan.

"I am so pleased for David Longstaff. It was fantastic to get a win to mark his 100th cap."

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