Great Britain will return to the UK with the silver medal from the U20 World Championship Division II Group A in Kaunas.
GB and Croatia finished on 12 points in the group but Croatia win gold and promotion to Division I on the head-to-head record after beating GB 7-4 earlier in the tournament.
That was Britain’s only defeat and Martin Grubb’s side won their other four matches, beating Lithuania (4-3), Romania (9-0), Netherlands (7-0) and rounding off with a 3-1 victory over Spain today.
Anything less than a regulation-time victory for Croatia this evening would’ve seen GB promoted, but Croatia beat Romania 5-4 to ensure the gold medal.
Croatia led 4-0 at one stage but Romania fought back to tie the game at 4-4, before Vito Idzan scored the game-winner at 54:49 and the goal that put Croatia in Division I.