Great Britain Women bag thrilling overtime victory over Mexico

Verity Lewis scored the overtime winner as Great Britain Women beat Mexico 3-2 at the World Championship (Division 2A) tournament in Dumfries.

Katie Marsden scored her seventh international goal and Saffron Allen her 14th as GB secured their second win this week.

GB dominated the first period but they were unable to break the deadlock and were stunned early in the second session as Claudia Tellez put Mexico in front. However, goals by Marsden and Allen ensured GB led 2-1 by the second buzzer.

Mexico hit back early in the third period as good work from Tellez set up Giovanna Rojas to score from close range after 44 minutes.

Samanatha Bolwell had to make two point-blank saves from a late Mexico powerplay to help take the game to overtime.

GB took advantage on their own powerplay as moments after Georgina Farman hit the post, she combined with Steph Towns to set up Lewis who scored with a terrific top-shelf wrist shot from the right circle in the 61st minute.

Head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “We created so many chances again, but just had no end product at times.

“We have to learn to take our opportunities and create more movement off the puck. But we dug deep and I liked our control.

“We worked the four-on-three powerplay well for the winning goal. We can now work on things and get ready for Spain on Sunday.”

In Friday’s other games, Slovenia beat Australia 6-1 and are top after three matches, while DPR Korea defeated Spain 2-1 after a penalty shoot-out. Spain are second in the group, with DPR Korea third and GB fourth.

The next games are scheduled for Sunday when Mexico play Australia (1.30pm), Slovenia face DPR Korea (4.30pm) and GB take on Spain (8.00pm).