Sheffield star decides Great Britain v Estonia game with late goal

GB's ice hockey fans in Croatia
GB's ice hockey fans in Croatia

Great Britain’s pursuit of a position in the second tier of elite ice hockey was boosted by a second victory in the World Championship Division 1B campaign - and it was thanks again to Sheffield’s Rob Dowd.

His goal three minutes into overtime was enough to land both points.

Coventry’s Russell Cowley had got his side off to a great start, helping manufacture a goal after a mere 26 seconds, potted home by Craig Peacock. Steelers Dowd and Ben O’Connor combined to open up a shot for Cowley to score himself, 12 minutes later.

Dowd, for the second time in two nights, then whacked the cross-bar at the Zagreb rink, Croatia. But Aleksandr Petrov halted the galloping progress of GB by halving Estonia’s deficit.

Cowley popped up again, claiming his second of the afternoon. Yet Petrov, also 32, got on the mark again. The Valpellice (Italian League) forward got the better of South Yorkshire-born goalie netminder Ben Bowns with a low drive, at 33:11.

GB penalty killers failed to protect Bowns and with seven minutes remaining Andrei Makrov, who had 16 games at Telford Tigers, equalised.

Dowd came close to scoring in the final minute - and O’Connor landed a 10-minute penalty just at the wrong time for abusive behaviour.

Then the Steelers winger scored the all important OT winner.

* GB play Lithuania (Wednesday), Romania (Friday) and Ukraine (Saturday).