Hilton Ruggles tied the scores soon after, then Stephen Cooper and Jamie Black gave the hosts a 4-2 lead. But Eagles came back in the final period to draw level with goals from John Parco and Trevor Burgess by 51.09. Riverkings' netminder, Wayne Cowley, made some fine saves in the final session to make sure Newcastle became the first team this season to take a point off the Scottish side.
In the other Group A match, Bracknell Bees were too strong for Cardiff Devils, winning 9-3. London Knights are also struggling and were shut out 3-0 at Manchester Storm. Sheffield won by the same margin against Nottingham Panthers, a goal in each period doing the damage.
In the other two groups, Edinburgh Capitals hit back from 2-0 down to draw 3-3 and prevent Paisley Pirates replacing them at the top of Group C. Telford Tigers made sure Fife Flyers made the trip back to Scotland pointless, winning 6-2. Guildford won 2-1 at Kingston in Group D, while Slough did likewise at Peterborough.Reuse content