Great Britain began their IIHF Under-18 World Championship Division II Group A campaign in Serbia with a 4-3 overtime victory against Romania.

Josh Shaw scored the game-winner just over two minutes into overtime to secure GB two points in the opening game of the tournament.

Konrad Lorincz put Romania ahead when he went five-hole on an early first-period penalty shot (2:41), before Jacob White-Sey’s shot from the left circle was fumbled into his net by Marton Buda (10:34).

A little over two minutes later, Louie White tipped in White-Sey’s shot from the blueline to put GB ahead (12:47).

Romania hit back when Gergo Kozma put away his own rebound as the two sides went to the first intermission level at two.

Britain regained their advantage when Sam Lyne shot through traffic (31:40), but Romania equalised in the closing stages through Elod Kovacs shot from the blueline on the powerplay (55:20).

Lyne’s perfect pass from the left-hand side set-up Shaw to bury the winner (62:08) to give GB a winning start at the World Championship.

Head Coach, Sean Easton, said: “We made a slow start and struggled to keep puck possession through the first two periods, but found our game in the third.

“We are physical small team here compared to the rest of the teams, so we are going to have to play fast and keep pucks out of the physical areas if we are to have success.

“With the other teams here having a lot more prep and games together, it was important to get points on the board early.”

GB U18 World Championship schedule
Sunday 9th April: Romania 3-4 Great Britain  (after overtime) РGoals: White-Sey, White, Lyne, Shaw
Monday 10th April: Great Britain v Croatia 13:00 face-off (12:00 UK time)
Tuesday 11th April: Rest Day
Wednesday 12th April: Great Britain v Serbia 20:00 face-off (19:00 UK time)
Thursday 13th April: Spain v Great Britain 16:30 face-off (15:30 UK time)
Friday 14th April: Rest Day
Saturday 15th April: Great Britain v Lithuania 16:30 face-off (15:30 UK time)