GB U20 ease past Estonia in Dumfries

Great Britain U20 recorded their second victory at the World Championship (Division 2A) tournament in Dumfries with a 6-2 success over Estonia on Monday.

GB had the better chances in the first period, although they fell behind to a five-on-three powerplay goal as Ed Slessarevski scored through traffic with a one-timer after nine minutes.

Sam Duggan, Liam Kirk, Josh Waller and Jordan Buesa all went close for GB, but Estonia netminder Christopher-Kullervoc Jogi made 13 saves in the first session.

Britain turned the game around after the break with three goals in just over two and a half minutes, started off when Kirk danced in to score low on the powerplay in the 24th minute.

GB then netted twice in 15 seconds as man-of-the-match Edward Knaggs scored with a top-shelf blast from the blueline on the powerplay after 26 minutes and Buesa was denied on the wraparound but pounced on the loose puck to score short-side.

Duggan netted on the rebound in the 44th minute with a calm finish past Jogi, while Shudra let rip from the blueline with the man advantage a minute later.

Great stick work by Duggan saw him score his second of the night as he fired over the shoulder of Jogi midway through the final period, before Estonia pulled a goal back on the powerplay through Nikita Efremov following a goalmouth scramble in the 52 minute.

Head coach Slava Koulikov said: “It was a very pleasing night and we have a lot to be happy about.

“We started slowly but I felt we came out so strong in the second period and that three-goal blitz won us the game.

“We had contributions from all over the ice and we combined for some great goals. It has been a good start to the tournament, but there is a long way to go.”

Elsewhere on Monday, Korea beat Netherlands 5-4 in a nine-goal thriller, while Japan defeated Romania 3-2 after overtime, which means GB are top of the table with six points from their first two games.

GB return to action on Wednesday with a game against the Netherlands (8.00pm).