GB scrape through against Estonia

Robert Dowd’s overtime winner gave Great Britain a 4-3 victory over Estonia in their second game at the World Championship (Division 1B) in Zagreb.

GB took the lead after only 26 seconds when Craig Peacock put away a rebound low under Villem-Henrik Koitmaa for his second goal of the tournament.

Russell Cowley made it 2-0 in the 12th minute, but Estonia responded within 27 seconds through Aleksandr Petrov.

Cowley scored his second of the game early in the second period to restore the two-goal advantage, but Petrov set up a nervy final session when he made it 3-2 in the 33rd minute.

Estonia upped the pressure in the third period and Andrei Makrov finished off a well-worked powerplay goal after 53 minutes to tie the game at three.

Dowd won the game for GB three minutes into overtime with a low shot from left side for his second goal in as many games.

Head Coach Pete Russell said: “It was not pretty but we found a way to win the game. It was certainly not the best performance you will ever see, but we got it done.

“We know we can do much better than that but we got that win, which was important. It shows the spirit of the squad in that we did not panic and found a way to claim the extra point.

“We can now rest our bodies and start preparing for Lithuania on Wednesday.”

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