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Britain stay in top division after dramatic overtime win

Britain stay in top division after dramatic overtime win

Davies with the winning strike for Britain in overtimeGreat Britain came from 3-0 down to retain their World Championship top-flight status with a dramatic 4-3 overtime win against France.Having lost their first six matches in Slovakia, Monday's match was a winner-takes-all encounter for survival.France scored twice in six seconds to lead 3-0 in the 28th minute in Kosice.
But Robert Farmer equalised to take the match to extra time and Ben Davies grabbed the winner in added time to keep Britain up and send France out.Britain pulled the first goal back in the 35th-minute when Robert Dowd finished neatly after a pass from Ben O'Connor. Three minutes later O'Connor's shot was parried and Mike Hammond converted the rebound for his fourth goal of the tournament.And in the 46th-minute Farmer brought Britain back on level terms with a shot high into the net.Britain had secured promotion back into ice hockey's elite level for the first time since 1994 with a memorable overtime win against Hungary in Budapest last year.The team ranked 22nd in the world were the lowest-rated side in the competition and their campaign began in difficult fashion, with 38 goals conceded in their opening six matches and only five scored.But Monday's match produced some terrific entertainment and Davies' goal ensured Britain of a place in the 2020 World Championship in Switzerland, condemning France, ranked nine places higher, to Division 1A.
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