Ice Hockey: Slough jet in for a quick reward: Cardiff slip past Beavers in Benson and Hedges Cup

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SLOUGH JETS are the only First Division survivors of the Benson and Hedges Cup preliminary round to reach the quarter-finals. They join seven Premier Division sides: Fife Flyers, Edinburgh Racers, Durham Wasps, Humberside Hawks, Sheffield Steelers, Nottingham Panthers and the Cardiff Devils.

Slough clinched their place with an easy 11-5 win over First Division Medway Bears. They were leading 4-1 at the end of the first period and then scored consistently for the next 40 minutes to ensure they kept daylight between themselves and the Bears.

Devils, who were also in the Jets group, faced Basingstoke Beavers in what was billed as a winner- takes-all game. Cardiff went 2-0 up after nine minutes, Beavers pulled back to 2-2 half-way through the game and Cardiff pulled ahead again in the third. But Chris Brant's goal for Beavers with eight minutes left was the last of the game.

Beavers could have levelled on points with Devils the next night had both sides won. In which case, matches between the two sides would have counted. The 3-3 draw was matched by a 6-6 score earlier in the season.

However, further complicated rulings to decide the final position were avoided by Medway playing as though it mattered to beat Basingstoke 4-3, while Cardiff crushed Bracknell Bees 20-3 without ever breaking sweat.

Humberside's match against the Whitley Warriors was also a one- sided affair. Hawks did the necessary in the first and third periods (4-1, 4-0), and although Warriors won the second 4-2 they lost the game 10-5.

Tempers frayed and, with one minute left, there was a brawl that saw three players from each side dismissed.

BENSON AND HEDGES CUP: Edinburgh 8 Blackburn 7; Paisley 4 Fife 6; Durham 11 Telford 5; Whitley 8 Trafford 6; Peterborough 5 Milton Keynes 10; Romford 2 Nottingham 5; Cardiff 20 Bracknell 3; Medway 4 Basingstoke 3.

BRITISH LEAGUE First Division: Chelmsford 5 Slough 10; Dumfries 7 Lee Valley 4; Guildford 4 Teesside 9; Solihull 5 Swindon 8.