Great Britain beat Spain 8-5 in the three-on-three ice hockey tournament at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in South Korea.

GB trailed 1-0 after the first session but scored four times in the second and third periods to secure a superb victory.

Britain, who are seeded sixth of the eight teams in the tournament, face Chinese Taipei and Kazakhstan tomorrow in their final group games.

This is the first time Britain are playing this exciting new format which was first used at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland.

Earlier in the day, GB were beaten 17-7 by Poland in a topsy-turvy encounter.

Head Coach, Danny Meyers, said: “Beating Spain is a solid result and we are all so proud of all the players for getting their first GB win. These youngsters are groundbreakers in the UK and have put their heart and soul into the tournament.

“I was disappointed with our first period against Poland this morning which was to too much of a hill to climb afterwards.

“These are the lessons that that these 14 and 15 year olds have had to learn when you pull on a GB jersey – it’s simply non-negotiable to be ready for every game and compete for every puck.

“But three-on-three is so different to a normal game and scores are always going to be higher, so there is no disgrace in any of our results so far.

“In context, three-on-three scores are like a third of a five-on-five game score, so today was close to a 3-1 win in what would be a five-on-five game. The Austria game would have been 4-1, Latvia 8-0, Denmark 4-1 and Poland 5-2.

“Seven games in four days is incredibly demanding but we hope tonight’s win will give us the boost of energy to close out the tournament with two more wins.

“We set our ambitions high when we arrived and were seeded sixth in the eight-team tournament, so we still have a chance to place higher than our seeding.”

The Youth Olympic Games is a three-on-three tournament and is played cross-ice, with no more than three players per team on the ice at once plus a goalie.

Two games take place simultaneously and the format makes for exciting hockey and big scorelines.

Find out more about three-on-three by clicking here.

Great Britain: Schedule and Results 
Saturday 20th January – Austria 12-3 Great Britain
Sunday 21st January – Great Britain 1-24 Latvia
Sunday 21st January  – Denmark 14-4 Great Britain
Monday 22nd January – Great Britain 7-17 Poland
Monday 22nd January – Great Britain 8-5 Spain
Tuesday 23rd January – Game 6 v Chinese Taipei – Face-off 9am (Midnight UK time)
Tuesday 23rd January – Game 7 v Kazakhstan – Face-off 5:30pm (8:30am UK time)

For the full tournament schedule, results and stats, click here.