Ice hockey: GB U18s 9 Australia U18s 2

PUBLISHED: 16:39 02 April 2018

Raiders youngster Callum Burnett has been called into the GB under-18 squad (pic John Scott)

Raiders youngster Callum Burnett has been called into the GB under-18 squad (pic John Scott)


Raiders defenceman Callum Burnett and coach Sean Easton celebrated a second successive win with Great Britain under-18s at the World Championships in Estonia on Monday.

Having beaten the hosts 6-3 in their Division Two opener a day earlier, when Burnett had a plus-two rating, the young Brits fell behind against Australia to an early unassisted goal from Michael Riley.

GB had to wait until the 15th minute to level through Kieran Brown, but they then took the lead less than two minutes later through Cade Neilson and it was 3-1 just 15 seconds into the middle sessionn as Brown bagged his second.

Brown turned provider with a right-wing centre for Lewis Kirk to net number four and the same pair combined to make it 5-1 just 23 seconds later.

A charging penalty against Aidan Strangeway gave Australia a power play, but Mason Biddulph won the puck from a defenceman and teed up Neilson for a shorthanded sixth.

Australia replied 10 seconds later through Kale Costa, while still enjoying a man advantage, but Brown put GB 7-2 ahead with an unassisted goal.

And the final period was only two minutes old when Biddulph broke on the left wing and found space inside the near post to beat James Downie, who was taken out of the firing line and replaced by Jakob Doornbos.

And the newcomer was beaten after five minutes as Jordan Buesa pounced on a loose puck at close range and produced a neat finish to make it 9-2.

There was no further scoring in the final 12 minutes of the match and Tuesday is a rest day for GB, who return to action against Poland on Wednesday, with an 11am start British time.

Their other fixtures are against Lithuania (Friday) and Korea (Saturday).

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