GB U20 beat top seeds France

Great Britain Under-20s produced the performance of their lives to beat number-one tournament seed France 5-4 after a penalty shootout in the World Championship (Division 1B).

Jordan Cownie and Ross Venus scored in the shootout and Adam Goss saved two France efforts as GB thrilled a packed Dumfries Ice Bowl.

GB took the lead when Venus fed Liam Stewart, who fired top shelf blocker side at 2:13.

But France hit back 36 seconds later – a loose puck in front of the net was not cleared and Jordann Perret scored on the backhand.

But Pete Russell’s side continued to impress in the first period and after Ollie Betteridge won the puck on the wall, he finished low in the slot from a feed from 15-year-old Sam Duggan – his first World
Championship point.

France scored the only goal of the second period as Pierre Crinon’s stretch pass created a two-on-one break and Perret fed Julien Laplace at the back door.

The third period was full of drama. France took the lead for the first time at 51:28 through Guillaume Leclerc, but Venus levelled 36 seconds later with a top-shelf finish.

Liam Morris stole the puck and neatly finished to put GB ahead at 57:37, before a sweet move close in on netminder Goss saw Perret level only 33 seconds later.

Overtime was scoreless but GB held the nerve in the shootout to stun France.

Head coach, Pete Russell, said: “I am so proud of the boys right now. We changed the system close to face-off but it worked a treat.

“The boys stuck to the gameplan and gave such a fantastic performance. I was so proud. I filmed the singing of the national anthem. It was so special.”