It all looked easy enough for the Welsh on Sunday when they put away four goals in 12 minutes, though Ayr fought back to 4-2. The game blew up half-way through with a fracas which saw the Devils' Mike Ware miss the rest of the game and Eagles' back-up minder Colum Cavalla out for 12 minutes.
With calm restored, Eagles reduced the difference to one goal 10 minutes from the end, but with two minutes remaining, Devils were on a power play. Eagles gambled by pulling off their netminder Sven Rampf for the extra skater but with one second on the clock, Doug McCarthy hit the empty net for a 5-3 win.
In Group B, Sheffield Steelers and the Benson and Hedges Cup winners, Nottingham Panthers, look like making the Championships after this weekend's action. Panthers are almost certainly there after Saturday's 6-3 defeat of Sheffield, who hit back with a 3-1 win at Bracknell Bees the following night.
Bracknell's hopes are now thin, while Basingstoke Bison need to win three of their remaining four games to progress.Reuse content