ICE HOCKEY: Brebant given 12-match ban

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Rick Brebant, the Durham Wasps player-coach, has been banned for 12 matches for his part in an incident which saw his Slough counterpart, Gary Stefan, suffer a facial injury on the ice, writes Steve Pinder.

Brebant, who will not be allowed to coach the team during the period of his suspension, was also given a severe reprimand and warned about his future conduct.

Having torn apart Nottingham Panthers to win the Benson & Hedges Cup 5-2, Sheffield Steelers gave a repeat performance in the Premier Division against Slough Jets with a 14-3 win on Sunday.

Panthers, in contrast, seemed hung over, letting a 3-1 lead against Fife Flyers slip to end in a 7-7 draw. The weekend's surprise result came from Milton Keynes Kings, who held Sheffield 3-3 last week and drew 6-6 in a thrilling game with Durham.