Great Britain U20 run riot in the third period to see off Netherlands

Great Britain U20 remain top of the World Championship (Division 2A) table after an 8-1 victory over Netherlands at Dumfries Ice Bowl on Wednesday.

Liam Kirk grabbed a hat-trick and contributed two assists for a five-point night as GB scored six goals in the third period.

Kirk opened the scoring late in the first period, but Netherlands equalised early in the second session as Noah Muller scored from just inside the blueline.

GB continued to heavily out-shoot the Netherlands, but only led 2-1 at the second intermission as Thomas Stubley fired in his first international goal from the top of the circle after 26 minutes.

Britain’s pressure finally paid dividends in the third period as Kirk Harry Gulliver scored from close range at in the 43rd minute.

Kirk (2), Jordan Buesa, Gulliver and Josh Waller added further goals to complete a comfortable win for GB.

Assistant coach Aaron Nell said: “The first two periods weren’t great and we weren’t at our best.

“But we scored six goals in the third period and it was very positive. We went to the net hard in the third period and it paid dividends.”

Britain are top of the table with three wins from three matches, a point clear of Japan who beat Korea 5-1 on Wednesday.

In the day’s other game, Estonia beat Romania 8-4 in a 12-goal thriller.

GB are back in action on Thursday when they face Korea (8.00pm).