Ice Hockey: Riverkings off bottom with shock win over Bees

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BRACKNELL BEES failed to close the gap on leaders London Knights after a shock home Sekonda Superleague overtime defeat on Sunday as Newcastle Riverkings ended their six-game losing streak. Bracknell took a 2-0 lead, but Riverkings turned the form book upside down to leave Nottingham Panthers propping up the league.

Paxton Schulte and Colin Ward gave Bracknell the perfect start, only for Newcastle to stage a fightback to lead early in the third period. Teemu Numminen, Shaun Johnson and Glenn Mulvenna were all on the scoresheet, spurring Bracknell into action as they forced overtime with an equaliser on the powerplay through Ward. Just over three minutes into the extra 10-minute session Numminen hit the winner.

Ayr Scottish Eagles continued their resurgence with a fourth successive victory in a 7-2 thrashing of Nottingham. The result was still in doubt, though, until the closing minutes of the final period as Nottingham only trailed 3-2 having gone two goals down through Shawn Byram and Eric Murano. Aaron Cain pulled one back for Nottingham, who again fell two goals behind when Byram added his second before Steve Roberts gave the visitors hope on the powerplay at 48.44.

But Ayr then ran riot as Dino Bauba, Jamie Steer, Patrick Lochi - with his first Superleague point in 15 games - and Scott Young added an emphatic touch to the scoreline.

In Canada, the NHL plans to file a grievance against the players' union for condoning the hold-out by the Ottawa Senators forward Alexei Yashin.

Yashin has refused to honour the final year of his contract unless given a new deal. The Senators say they are prepared to seek damages for breach of contract and have suspended Yashin for the season, contending he owes the team a year of service at his $3.6m salary (pounds 2.3m) in order to become a free agent.

The NHL said it will seek damages from the union for violating its obligation under the collective bargaining agreement not to "support or condone any action of any player which is not in accordance with" an obligation to play under his contract.

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