Great Britain’s smooth run of form in the World Championship (Division 1B) in continued tonight in Eindhoven, despite an early hiccup and some late drama.
Home side The Netherlands took a lead against Pete Russell’s side, who had earlier won three out of three in the tournament.
But Steve Mason’s goal was neutralised less than a minute later when 21-year-old Dundee Stars d-man Paul Swindlehurst fired home from the right point.
Former Sheffield Steelers’ forward Chris Blight gave GB the lead at 09;24 with a backhander and on 12 minutes it was 3-1 with Belfast Giants’ Craig Peacock doing the damage.
There was a lull until the Dutch, who had swapped their goalie after that last strike, made a fist of it in the later stages; Levi Houkes reducing the arrears to one goal with a sharply -taken rebound.
At 58:37 Netherlands pulled their goalie to seek that equaliser - and with David Phiilips taking a delay the game penalty with 21 seconds to go, GB were under the cosh.
But GB rode out the storm.
Now, they will win at least a silver medal and need a point from tomorrow’s final game against Lithuania to get gold medal and promotion to Division 1A.