Ice hockey: Netherlands 2 Great Britain 3

GB win silver but miss promotion
GB win silver but miss promotion

Great Britain’s smooth run of form in the World Championship (Division 1B) in continued tonight in Eindhoven, despite an early hiccup and some late drama.

Home side The Netherlands took a lead against Pete Russell’s side, who had earlier won three out of three in the tournament.

But Steve Mason’s goal was neutralised less than a minute later when 21-year-old Dundee Stars d-man Paul Swindlehurst fired home from the right point.

Former Sheffield Steelers’ forward Chris Blight gave GB the lead at 09;24 with a backhander and on 12 minutes it was 3-1 with Belfast Giants’ Craig Peacock doing the damage.

There was a lull until the Dutch, who had swapped their goalie after that last strike, made a fist of it in the later stages; Levi Houkes reducing the arrears to one goal with a sharply -taken rebound.

At 58:37 Netherlands pulled their goalie to seek that equaliser - and with David Phiilips taking a delay the game penalty with 21 seconds to go, GB were under the cosh.

But GB rode out the storm.

Now, they will win at least a silver medal and need a point from tomorrow’s final game against Lithuania to get gold medal and promotion to Division 1A.