Great Britain secured their second win in three matches at the World Championship (Division 1A) tournament in Budapest with a 5-3 victory over Poland on Wednesday.
GB had most of the early pressure and after Mark Richardson put a backhand shot just wide of the right-hand post, Brett Perlini edged GB ahead in the third minute.
Poland drew level on the powerplay as a feed from behind the net by Aron Chmielewski set up Pawel Dronia for a one-timer from the left circle nine minutes later.
GB regained the lead after 18 minutes on the powerplay when Colin Shields converted Robert Farmer’s pass for his 42nd international goal.
Poland equalised for a second time in the 23rd minute – just as a powerplay came to an end – through Damian Kapica’s one-timer from the right circle.
Krzysztof Zapala then put Poland ahead midway through the second session when he neatly broke into the offensive zone and fired past Bowns.
However, GB came out firing in the third period and goals by Brendan Brooks, Ben O’Connor and a late empty-netter by Jonathan Phillips completed a superb comeback success.
GB head coach, Pete Russell, said: “This was another brilliant performance from the guys. Sure, we did not have it all our own way and we were a bit sloppy in the second period.
“But they came back so hard and found a way to get that win. I am so proud of this squad once again and every single one of them gave it everything they had.”
GB return to action on Friday when they face Italy (6.30pm UK time).
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