Ice Hockey: Eagles Face Stern Test at Bracknell

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AYR SCOTTISH Eagles face their toughest test yet in the defence of the Benson and Hedges Cup after being drawn against Bracknell Bees in the quarter-finals.

Eagles' only defeat in six round-robin group matches came from the Bees, who recorded a 5-1 home win over the Grand Slam winners - and beat them to top spot in the table.

Although Ayr recognise any tie will be difficult, their 25-year- old Canadian forward Karry Biette admitted that Bracknell was probably the worst draw they could have had. "If you had to pick one it would be Bracknell because of what they did to us in the round- robin," he said.

"We did not fare too well in their rink but beat them at home. Bracknell have changed quite a lot and they seem to be gelling together early in the season. It will be a good battle."

The London Knights coach, Jim Fuyarchuk, who saw his men pick up their first wins against the Guildford Flames at the weekend, was relishing meeting Cardiff Devils. …