GB U18 keep medal hopes alive after bagging point against Austria

Great Britain U18 picked up a priceless point with a 3-2 overtime defeat by Austria at the World Championship (Division 1B) tournament in Hungary.

Mason Alderson scored twice, including an equaliser with 84 seconds remaining, as GB stayed in the hunt for a medal.

Alderson put GB ahead in the first period as broke down the middle, skated away from a challenge and finished with a neat backhand in the 10th minute.

There were no goals in session two, although GB netminder Will Kerlin produced a fantastic penalty-shot save to deny Fabian Hochegger.

Just as GB looked set to secure all three points, Austria scored twice in 55 seconds inside the final five minutes of the third period with Luis Lindner and Tim Harnisch turning the game around.

However, GB weren’t done and with Kerlin lifted in favour of the extra skater, Alderson scored from close range after 58 minutes to take the game to overtime.

Austria took the extra point by scoring on the powerplay two minutes into the extra period with the game-winning goal coming from Hochegger.

Head coach, Martin Grubb, said: “I thought we worked really hard today against a very good team and earned a valuable point.

“We knew they would come hard and we would need to be good away from the puck and we were solid.

“Our penalty kill was good and we had some big performances all over the ice and again showed our character to get a late equaliser.

“We now know what we have to do in our final game and we will rest and regroup to be ready for it.”

GB play their final game against Italy on Saturday at 11.30am UK time.