GREAT Britain secured their World Championship (Division 1A) safety with a final-day 5-4 victory over Hungary in Slovenia.
After Ukraine beat Japan on penalty shots earlier in the day, GB needed at least an overtime or penalty-shot defeat to stay up.
Captain Jonathan Phillips gave GB an early lead at 01:53, but Hungary turned the game around with goals from Marton Vas (03:05) and Csaba Kovacs (06:45).
Corey Neilson was given a game misconduct penalty for boarding, before Robert Dowd’s powerplay goal at 17:43 saw the sides tied at 2-2 at the end of the first period.
The second period was no less dramatic, Istvan Sofron’s penalty shot (21:40) was replied to by a powerplay goal from Owen Fussey (34:02).
Hungary went in front for a third time at 36:25 thanks to Arpad Mihaly and GB hit back again with David Clarke’s strike (39:44) coming 16 seconds before the second interval.
Dowd’s second goal of the game, a penalty shot at 48:29, put GB just ahead before the midway point of the third period and proved the crucial game-winning goal.