Ireland vs England started with good pace and high but controlled intensity, the first penalty coming at 5:19 into game.
England came out strong with Cole Shafer finding David Leach and Thomas Johnson for the first two goals of the game. Conversely, all three penalties of the quarter were on Ireland players and it showed in the score with England leading 5-1 at the end of the quarter.
The first goal of the second quarter was scored by England’s Nathan Clare but that is where the scoring stopped. England committed three fouls, the only of the quarter, giving Ireland a chance to recover.
Ireland capitalized on the power plays. Both Brian Gillis and Stephen Keogh would start an Ireland scoring run as a result. However, England battled back and put on a run of their own, scoring the last three goals of the quarter which ended 9-4 England’s lead.
In similar style as the second, the third quarter would have Nate Clare score the first goal followed by a scoring run by Ireland.
The first 5 minutes of the third quarter saw 4 goals for Ireland to bring them within 2 points from England, 10-8. The intensity of the game reached an all-time high with an Ireland game misconduct and ejection and an injured England player.
The jabs, slashes, and illegal checks started to make an appearance and England was able to grab 3 consecutive power play goals, ending the quarter up 13-8.
Ireland’s Kevin Owens would score a power play goal to kick off the fourth quarter establishing momentum through the end of the game. Twenty seconds later another Ireland goal fell and they pulled within three points of England.
Thomas Johnson with assist from David Leach and Cole Shafer would score the only goal for England in the remaining minutes of the game. Ireland fought hard to put in 2 more, but it wasn’t good enough to overtake the big English lead, ending the game 14-12.