GB 3-2 (OT) Poland

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

GB took the lead at the Skydome through Robert Farmer (13:40) as he scored his second goal of the weekend when he fired a backhand shot into the corner.

Poland levelled in the second period at 37:57 through Mikolaj Lopuski’s close-range finish after a goalmouth scramble.

Mateusz Bepierszcz’s powerplay backhand finish high past Stevie Lyle put Poland ahead at 51:16, before Jonathan Weaver’s strike from the blueline on the powerplay (56:50) took the game to overtime.

And it was another powerplay goal that won the game as O’Connor went high on netminder Kamil Kasowski to win the game at 62:57.

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 am 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 and Russell will shortly announce his final 23-man squad.

GB scoring
Farmer 1+2, O’Connor 1+1, Weaver 1, Tait +1

GB netminding
Stevie Lyle – 31 shots, 29 saves

Shots on goal
First period – GB 10, Poland 8
Second period – GB 10, Poland 11
Third period – GB 9, Poland 11
Overtime – GB 2, Poland 1
Total – GB 31, Poland 31

GB 2/5
Poland 1/5