O’Connor strike gives Great Britain victory

Ben O’Connor’s overtime goal secured Great Britain a 3-2 victory over Poland at the Skydome in Coventry.

It was the second of two international matches between the two sides this weekend.

Poland took the honours on Saturday night with a winner 11 seconds from the end of overtime at the National Ice Centre.

Robert Farmer put GB agead in the first period, but Poland levelled late in the second session courtesy of Mikolaj Lopuski’s close-range finish.

Mateusz Bepierszcz’s powerplay goal put Poland ahead afetr 51 minutes, before Jonathan Weaver’s strike from the blueline on the powerplay with three minutes left took the game to overtime.

It was another powerplay goal that won the game as O’Connor went high on netminder Kamil Kasowski to win the game.

Head Coach, Pete Russell, said: “I thought we were very tight as a team and worked well defensively.

“We had a good two games and I’m especially pleased with tonight.

“Poland are from the division above and it was a great to get two intense games with such a big week coming up.

“We have taken a lot from the games, as we did last year, and now we will undergo our final preparations for Zagreb.”

It was GB’s final game before next week’s World Championship in Croatia.

(Image permission: Scott Wiggins)

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