The first was between Slough Jets and Cardiff Devils. Randy Smith opened the scoring for the Devils and Joe Stefan replied for the Jets. Both teams then lost a player - Mike Ware of Cardiff and Dave Flanagan of Slough were dismissed at the end of the first period.
Slough prospered in the second period, taking a 3-2 lead. Then Cardiff lost another player, when Mike Ware's brother, Greg, was also banished. Despite their two key imports being absent, the Devils equalised with a goal from Steve Moria four minutes into the final period.
Slough responded with two goals to go 5-3 up, but Cardiff's experience told. Smith levelled the game at 5-5 with four minutes left, and his third goal won it with a minute left. The two sides meet again on Sunday in what could be a classic.
Blackburn Hawks' win over Paisley was even tighter. With seven minutes to go, the score was 1-1, before Steve Chartrand and Lee Cowmeadow made it 3-1 to Blackburn. With just over a minute left, John Downes and John Kidd tied the score again, but Bobby Haig was the Hawks' hero seconds later as his goal made the final score 4-3.
Paul Adey scored 11 points over the weekend as Nottingham beat Guildford 10-2 and Peterborough 8-2. Ron Shudra scored four goals as Sheffield were comfortable 13-2 winners at Guildford.Reuse content