NEILSON: GOLD SUCCESS WILL LIVE WITH ME FOREVER

Great Britain Under-18s forward Cade Neilson says winning the gold medal in Tallinn is a moment that will live with him forever.

GB won three of their first four games at the World Championship Division II Group A Рbeating Estonia, Australia and Lithuania Рto set up a dramatic final day in Tallinn.

Britain beat Korea 4-3 and with Poland dropping a point in their 4-3 overtime-time victory over Estonia, GB were promoted to Division I Group B.

Neilson said: “It was just amazing to win the gold medal and something I will never forget.

“We always believed in ourselves and I think that showed on the ice with the performances we put in at the tournament.

“The win over Korea on the final day left us needed Estonia to do us a favour in the evening.”

Poland needed a regulation-time victory over the hosts to deny GB the gold and got off to the best possible start and led 3-0, but Estonia came back and tied the game at three by the end of regulation time.

“It was special enough to secure the silver but the excitement grew as Estonia launched their comeback.

“We were all so excited in the stands as Estonia drew level and the moment the game ended in regulation time the gold medal was ours.

“It was a very special feeling.”

Cade’s dad is Great Britain assistant coach Corey Neilson who will be part of GB’s coaching staff at the World Championship in Budapest next week.

Neilson said: “I am so proud of Cade and the GB boys for winning gold in Estonia.

“Cade has worked so hard for his place and he deserves to celebrate that special success.

“There is a lot of talent in this age group coming through and this is great news for the future of British ice hockey.”