Colin Shields became Great Britain's all-time leading goalscorer in a 14-0 victory over Netherlands in Belfast.
Belfast Giants' Scottish centre, 37, scored a hat-trick on home ice to move onto 41 international goals, one ahead of previous record-holder Tony Hand.
The result moves Britain level with Japan on 12 points at the top of World Championship Division 1 Group B.
The nations play on Saturday (19:30 BST), with the winner taking gold and promotion to Division 1 Group A.
BBC Radio 5 live sports extra will have full commentary of the match.