England U19 reclaimed the Frank Dempster Memorial Trophy with a 4-2 win over Scotland at iceSheffield on Friday.
The junior international was once again the curtain-raiser for the Conference tournament which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.
The action began at a fast and furious pace with England getting a scoring chance straight from the opening face-off by Kieran Brown.
The opening goal came before the first minute had elapsed – Joe Hazeldine setting up Brown to slip the puck past Euan Simpson after 53 seconds.
Each side spurned a powerplay chance before Scotland levelled on a five-on-three advantage. Caly Robertson was on the end of a slick passing move and netted the equaliser in the 13th minute.
Scotland edged ahead after 25 minutes through George Pitcaithly, but England capitalised on a powerplay just after the halfway mark as Brown netted his second from the edge of the crease.
What turned out to be the game-winner came two minutes from the end of the middle period. A turnover at the England blueline set up a two-on-one, with Lewis English squaring the puck to Shaun Galloway to make it 3-2 in the 37th minute.
The icing on the cake for England came ten minutes from time as Brown completed his hat-trick, tipping in Deakan Fielder’s shot for the fourth goal.
A late skirmish saw Hazeldine thrown out of the game for slashing. Scotland withdrew their goalie for a late six-on-four advantage, but England held on for the victory.
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