GB seal silver medal after Poland triumph

Assist: Ashley Tait
Assist: Ashley Tait
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Great Britain registered one of its greatest ever achievements by landing a silver medal in the World Championship Division 1B group in Kiev.

A final day 3-2 win over Poland ensured they came runner up to Kazakhstan.

GB, ranked 23rd in the world, were a place ahead of host nation Ukraine (18th). Britain’s winning goal came with seven minutes left, on the Power Play, from Ben OConnor, son of former Steelers’ manager Mike.

Jonathan Weaver scored the first, assisted by Sheffield Steelers’ Ashley Tait, and Russell Cowley got the other.

GB coach Paul Thompson said: “This is the proudest moment of my hockey career. This was the toughest World Championship group.

“Sometimes it isn’t about being pretty it is about getting the job done and that’s what we did. We battled like never before.

There was a belief on the bench throughout the game that our chance would come.

“When we had that late powerplay I just had a feeling that Ben could make a difference, that’s what we brought him for.”

Game winning hero O’Connor commented: “I was just pleased to get the pat on the shoulder from the coach and get out there.

“when the pass came my way I just drove the net and shot the puck as hard as I could, when the light went on I just went crazy and celebrated.”