Ice Hockey: Eagles seize early initiative

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Bracknell Bees made a losing start to their Superleague play-off campaign on Sunday night with a 3-1 defeat to Ayr Scottish Eagles at the Centrum Arena.

The match was all but over after the first period, with the Eagles grabbing a 3-0 lead. Great Britain's Jonathan Weaver, Mike Jickling and Johan Molin put the Eagles in control but Jari Torkki prevented a clean sheet on the powerplay.

Ryan Bach produced a dazzling display as the defending champions Sheffield Steelers, beat their rivals Nottingham Panthers 2-1 at the House of Steel. The former National Hockey League netminder made a string of stunning saves to preserve the Steelers' unbeaten run in the post-season.