Sheffield Steelers defenceman Ben O’Connor scored two goals - one of them a cheeky penalty shot - to guide Great Britain to a 3-2 win over Korea, in Eindhoven in the World Championships.
O’Connor, who has had a fine tournament, was the guiding light despite his side going 2-0 down. GB had been marginally the second-best in a first period which delivered one goal, to Korea.
Woosang Park slotted the puck past Swinton goaltender Ben Bowns just 22 seconds from the first interval.
The dressing room team-talk didn’t seem to help, as the second session was just 35 seconds old when Kisung Kim backhanded for 2-0. However Robert Farmer, the Nottingham Panthers winger, reduced the arrears - 16 seconds later.
The Koreans served a two-minute five-on-three penalty, but despite laying siege, the Brits could not score.
But O’Connor made use of another power play to slam home an equaliser at 33;35.
And then the 26-year-old Durham lad nabbed another with a nervelessly executed penalty shot, where he baffled the goalie with a backhander from between his own legs!
Later, O’Connor said GB were “simply fantastic” in their come-from-behind 3-2 win and go top of Division 1B.
He said: “We were brilliant and never gave in. What a game it was and we fully deserved that victory.
“We just kept going and going, we have so much self-belief. We had been in this situation before against Croatia.
“Korea are an excellent side but I thought we outplayed them and it is an amazing feeling.
“We now have two massive games remaining in this tournament.”
O’Connor pivoted in front of the netminder and went backhand through his legs and top shelf for his penalty shot, which turned out to be the game-winner.
“I have been practicing the move in training all year,” said O’Connor.
“The Sheffield boys have seen me do it this year and it’s funny, as I spoke to them when I went to the bench.
“There was that long wait before the penalty shot and my nerves were shaking.
“It was either hero or zero and luckily it paid off.”