Russell hails GB’s “massive moment”
Britain's coach Pete Russell called the 4-3 overtime victory over France as a "moment of glory" as his team ensured their survival at the World Championships summit.
It was truly a savior, as GB did it spectacularly by ending his campaign on a huge high and subjecting the French to relegation to division 1A next year .
But Russell is beaming with pride as his team signs with much needed victory, especially after his team was beaten 3-0.
"This is a very important moment for the team and British ice hockey," Russell said.
"At 3-0, we did not panic. I watched the guys in the waiting period and I knew which team was winning this match. They knew that they could always do it.
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"What they just achieved is the greatest achievement of their career. They drew their strength from what they did in Hungary a year ago.
"They thought they could win this game and I am so proud of each and every one of them."
After a day of rest, GB was ready for this match against a France team, completely beaten by Finland on Sunday night.
Ben Davies missed a golden opportunity to hit the French early by inexplicably attempting a pass downhill while he was completely eliminated by goalkeeper Florian Hardy.
Bowns was busy at the other end of the game as he thwarted a breakaway, while Liam Kirk failed to register on the board to see his chance touch the post.
After a scoreless first period, France scored the first goal four minutes into the second period as Anthony Rech sent a shot from the left circle.
Captain Phillips ➡ Ben Davies
GO ADDITIONAL TIME OBJECTIVE.
😎 WHAT. A. COMEBACK.
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Florian Chakiachvili doubled the lead a few minutes later with a power play goal. Rech added his second goal as France took advantage of the puck call to take the score to 3-0.
It sounded dark for GB, but they continued to show the spirit they showed throughout the tournament and found the net at a crucial point in the game.
Ben O'Connor's pass released his Sheffield Steelers teammate Robert Dowd, who put his effort at the bottom of the net to finally allow Britain to appear on the board.
Another apple for O'Connor appeared when Hardy stopped the shot from his blue line, with Mike Hammond on hand to score the goal at close range to really give hope that something special will happen .
Robert Farmer, the hero of Budapest, brought back the puck from the right and equalized after 45 minutes. The match began as France began to get tired and their hopes of survival were only a thread.
Regulatory time could not separate teams, so it was necessary to work overtime. After Bowns saved the match, GB took a step forward, with Jonathan Phillips giving Davies a left pass.
The Guildford Flames man was in a central position and gave the back to trigger huge celebrations as Britain's place in Switzerland next year was confirmed.