Great Britain U18 edged out by Poland in nine-goal thriller

Great Britain U18 lost a nine-goal thriller in Tallinn as they were beaten 5-4 by Poland in the World Championship (Division 2A) tournament on Wednesday.

GB, who had trailed 3-1 at one stage, threw away a 4-3 second-period lead to lose for the first time this week.

The two sides exchanged five goals in a frantic first period, started off by Poland’s Kamil Walega ripping a shot from the slot in the 4th minute.

Mason Biddulph deflected in Edward Bradley’s shot to equalise four minutes later, but Poland regained the lead on the powerplay through Jakob Prokurat after 14 minutes.

Poland took a two-goal lead through Damian Tyczynski in the 16th minute, before Biddulph stepped out from behind the net and slipped the puck under the netminder’s glove to close the gap moments later.

GB turned the game on its head with two goals in less than four minutes in the second period.

Reece Cochrane ghosted into the right circle to level the game at three on a delayed penalty after 30 minutes, while Liam Kirk set up Kieran Brown who pulled a move on the netminder and his backhand finish put GB ahead in the 34th minute.

Poland came back to equalise with less than seven minutes remaining as Tyczynski bustled his way through for his second goal of the game, and the winning goal arrived in the 57th minute as Jakub Lewandowski converted after a neat breakout.

GB return to action on Friday with a game against Lithuania (face-off 11.00am UK time).