Brown bags treble as Great Britain U18 edge thriller against Hungary

Kieran Brown scored a hat-trick, including the game-winner with under two minutes remaining, as Great Britain U18 beat Hungary 5-4 at the World Championship (Division 1B) tournament in Szekesfehervar.

Britain netminder Lucas Brine had to be at his best in the opening stages to turn away a couple of close-range efforts before GB took the lead on the powerplay.

Sam Talbot broke at speed into the offensive zone, beat two challenges and scored on his backhand in the fourth minute.

Hungary hit back with a well-worked powerplay goal of their own as Balazs Varga netted after 11 minutes.

GB went ahead short-handed in the 17th minute as Brown won the puck in his own zone and wheeled away to score on the backhand.

Two powerplay goals in 42 seconds in the second period saw GB take full control as Hungary were made to pay for their indiscipline.

Brown scored his second of the night on the rebound in the right circle after Joe Hazeldine’s one-time blast was saved, before Bradley Bowering netted from close range.

Brine produced a fanastic point-blank save from Mate Sardi’s shot, but Hungary did get on the board again in the 36th minute when Adam Szucs scored from the left circle after the puck had bounced back off the boards.

Hungary hit back with two powerplay goals in the final period as Gergo Ambrus and Mark Schlekmann made it 4-4.

Brine made a number of excellent saves to keep the game tied and Brown completed his hat-trick with two minutes to play to seal the win.

Head coach, Martin Grubb, said: “I thought we started really well when we were five-on-five – we were dominating the game as we have in most games.

“We got ourselves ahead in a good position and we were good on the powerplay with three goals, but then we took too many penalties and it started to cost us again.

“We then showed what huge character we have in this group and made sure we found a way to win tonight and the boys deserve the credit they receive.

“We now can recover and focus ourselves for Austria and will be trying to play as much even-handed hockey as possible and see where it takes us.”