Newcastle slither to top of League
Tuesday 22 October 1996
Ayr lost 4-2 against Manchester last Thursday and then christened Nottingham Panthers' new plexiglass surround by winning 6-3 on Saturday. They hosted Cardiff Devils on Sunday and looked a tired unit in losing 8-2. Ivan Matulik's hat-trick in the last 10 minutes emphasised tired legs and bruised bodies rather than a mismatch.
Bracknell upset predictions in travelling to the Sheffield Steelers' Arena and handing out a 5-1 thrashing. The Steelers, last year's Cup, League, Championship winners, had not lost at home since 1994, yet found themselves 5-0 down with 15 minutes to play.
It was no surprise that lightning did not strike twice for the Bees, who were completely shut out on Sunday by Newcastle.
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