Great Britain Under 20s 6-2 Estonia Under 20s

Great Britain Under-20s made it two wins from two in the U20 World Championship Division II Group A in Dumfries with a 6-2 victory over Estonia Under-20s.

GB had the better chances in the first period, although they fell behind to a five-on-three powerplay goal as Ed Slessarevski scored through traffic with a one-timer (9:12).

Sam Duggan, Liam Kirk, Josh Waller and Jordan Buesa all went close for GB, but Estonia netminder Christopher-Kullervoc Jogi made 13 saves in the first period.

Britain turned the game around with three goals in just over two and a half minutes, started off when Kirk danced in to score low on the powerplay at 24:11.

GB then netted twice in 15 seconds as man-of-the-match Edward Knaggs scored his first goal for the under-20s with a top-shelf blast from the blueline on the powerplay (26:33) and Buesa was denied one the wraparound but pounced on the loose puck to score short-side (26:48).

Duggan netted on the rebound at 44:00 with a calm finish past Jogi, while Shudra let rip from the blueline with the man advantage at 45:18.

Great stick work by Duggan saw him score his second of the night as he fired over the shoulder of Jogi (50:54), before Estonia pulled a goal back on the powerplay through Nikita Efremov following a goalmouth scramble at 52:41.

Head coach, Slava Koulikov, said: “It was a very pleasing night and we have a lot to be happy about.

“We started slowly but I felt we came out so strong in the second period and that three-goal blitz won us the game.

“We had contributions from all over the ice and we combined for some great goals.

“It has been a good start to the tournament but there is a long way to go.”

Elsewhere on Monday, Korea beat Netherlands 5-4 in a nine-goal thriller, while Japan defeated Romania 3-2 after overtime, which means GB are top of the table with six points from their first two games.

There’s no action tomorrow but GB return to action on Wednesday with a game against the Netherlands (8pm).

Wednesday’s schedule
Romania v Estonia (1pm)
Japan v Korea (4:30pm)
Great Britain v Netherlands (8pm)

Click here http://www.iihf.com/competition/646/ for full results and table on the IIHF tournament page.
Photo: Duncan Speirs

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