HIGHLIGHTS: New Zealand U18s and Israel close in tournament opener

The New Zealand Under-18s got their mission for gold underway overnight with a closely fought battle against Israel at the 2019 IIHF Under-18 Div3A World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Israel opened the scoring before the New Zealand powerplay was able to grab a lead with their opponents racking up the penalties. A surge of offence in the second period would lead to overtime for the decider.

Watch the highlights above for a wrap of the action. New Zealand face Turkey next at 3:30am NZ time tonight.

Main photo: James Allan