Great Britain secured their second win in three matches at the World Championship Division 1 Group A with a 5-3 victory over Poland in Budapest.
Ben O’Connor scored his second goal of the tournament on his 50th cap, while Mark Richardson got an assist as he was awarded his 75th cap.
GB take a first-period lead
Britain had most of the early pressure and after Richardson put a backhand shot just wide of the right-hand post, Brett Perlini edged GB ahead.
The Nottingham Panthers forward cleverly tipped in Richardson’s shot from the blueline at 3:02 for his second goal of the tournament.
Poland drew level on the powerplay as a feed from behind the net by Aron Chmielewski set up Pawel Dronia for a one-timer from the left circle (12:21).
But GB went ahead on the powerplay with the period coming to a close when Colin Shields converted Robert Farmer’s pass for his 42nd international goal (18:37).
Poland turn it around in second session
Poland equalised for a second time – just as a powerplay come to an end – through Damian Kapica’s one-timer from the right circle (23:31).
Krzysztof Zapala then put Poland ahead at 29:42 when he neatly broke into the offensive zone and fired past Bowns.
The Cardiff Devils netminder produced a stunning save to deny Krystian Dziubinski as he slid from left to right and then shut the door to deny Dronia on a penalty shot (38:23) after Richardson was harshly penalised – two saves which helped turn the game on its head.
GB come from behind to win
GB came out hard in the third period and Robert Dowd’s pinpoint pass fed Brendan Brooks to fire low past John Murray (44:56).
And Britain went ahead on a five-on-three powerplay less than two minutes later through O’Connor’s blast from the top of the right circle (46:40).
Captain Jonathan Phillips wrapped up another memorable afternoon with an empty-net goal at 59:29.
GB head coach, Pete Russell, said: “This was another brilliant performance from the guys.
“Sure, we did not have it all our own way and we were a bit sloppy in the second period.
“But they come back so hard and found a way to get that win.
“I am so proud of this squad once again and every single one of them gave it everything they had.”
There’s no action for GB tomorrow but they return to action on Friday when they face Italy at 7:30pm (6:30pm UK time).
Photo credit: Dean Woolley.