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GB set sights on bronze medal

Great Britain kept alive their hopes of securing bronze in World Championship Division 1 Group B with a 4-3 win over Holland in Lithuania.

Poland secured promotion and the gold medal with a 4-1 victory over Croatia on Thursday and Britain must now beat them on Saturday in regulation time and hope Lithuania defeat Croatia to secure third place.

Doug Christiansen's men were 2-0 up within 51 seconds as Colin Shields and David Clarke both beat Martijn Oosterwijk, but Nardo Nagtzaam reduced the gap to one before the first interval.

Danny Meyers made it 3-1 in the second period before GB suffered a blow when veteran forward Ashley Tait was thrown out of the game for misconduct after questioning the referee for not awarding a penalty

Nagtzaam had Holland back in it just 34 seconds into the third period but Matthew Meyers extended the lead on the powerplay, before another powerplay marker from Kevin Bruijsten set up a tense finish.

Head coach Christiansen told www.icehockeyuk.co.uk: "We made lots of mistakes but we found a way to win.

"We have played better in this tournament and lost, so we will take a win any way it will come. But we scored some good goals and can take confidence from how we took our chances.

"A bronze medal is still a possibility and the boys have set their sights on that.

"It is important we finish the tournament in the best possible way."