GB U18 4-1 Estonia U18

Great Britain Under-18s bounced back from an opening-day defeat to beat hosts Estonia 4-1 in their second game at the World Championship.

Netminder Denis Bell turned away 31 of the 32 shots he faced on day two of the IIHF Division 2A tournament in Tallinn, while Michael Stratford and captain Luc Johnson both scored twice.

The hosts took the lead at 4:37 with Kirill Volkov the man on target in the early stages before GB, who lost 4-2 to Korea yesterday, hit back with two goals in 100 seconds.

Glenn Billing fed Johnson to score at 7:44, with Ivan Antonov setting up Stratford (9:24) to give GB a 2-1 first-period lead.

Stratford netted his second, assisted by Johnson on the powerplay at 29:23, as Martin Grubb’s side led 3-1 at the second intermission.

Johnson, with his second of the night, made it four with a sweet shot from the top of the right circle on the powerplay at 47:37.

Head Coach Martin Grubb said: “I thought we were much better tonight and we made better decisions at both ends of the ice.

“We showed good character and we executed and we got our reward.

“The boys deserve the result for the work they have put in since yesterday’s game and now we need to build on it and push on.

“We will keep working hard tomorrow and get ready for the next game.”

GB return to action on Wednesday when they face Poland (11am UK time).