BLACKBURN Hawks bounced back from their agonising overtime defeat on Saturday to run out 4-1 winners on Sunday as they took on Billingham Stars in a double header.

The Hawks were hoping for two wins over the the North East side to leap above them in the Moralee North One League to boost their hopes of a place in the end of season play-offs.

But it was as you were as the teams shared a win apiece - although the Hawks did have the satisfaction of getting their revenge at Blackburn Arena.

On Saturday, the Hawks stormed back from 6-2 down in the final period to draw level - eventually losing 7-6 in overtime - and they took that form in to first period of the rematch.

An early goal just 34 seconds in from Petr Valusiak showed that they meant business. Despite the Billingham Stars then having the bulk of possession and the Hawks having a number of penalty kills to defend - the Hawks doubled their lead through a Lee Pollitt goal.

Hawks opened up a 3-0 lead early in the second period when all-time leading goal scorer Aaron Davies got in on the scoring act.

But Billingham continued to pile on the pressure and finally made the breakthrough with a powerplay goal from Dan Silar.

The last period was a scrappy affair with the Stars desperate to make an impact on the scoreline and the Hawks desperate to hold on.

Neither team dominated as turn over of the puck was high and momentum changed hands.

Hawks’ Latvian netminder Niks Trapans did well to keep out a number of Stars efforts before Hawks wrapped up victory with a goal on the counter attack when captain James Royds scored four minutes from time.

It was an impressive win, especially after what had happened 24 hours earlier.

The Hawks travelled up to Billingham for the first of the two meetings in what is always a feisty battle between the two sides and this weekend was no exception.

Hawks got off to a slow start and Billingham took the upper hand, taking maximum advantage of their chances, first through James Moss before they doubled their lead thanks to a short-handed goal from Callum Davies.

Hawks worked hard to make sure their hosts did not get further ahead and in the closing stages of the period, they pulled a goal back through Joe Greaves.

In the second period, both teams exchanged early goals - Thomas Rubes for Billingham and Greaves with his second for Hawks - before the home side took full control with James Moss, Michael Bowman and Jack Emerson all scoring.

At 6-2, it appeared to be a decisive, match-winning margin but Hawks found a different gear in the final period as they stormed back.

Looking like a different team, Hawks’ passing was crisp and showed much greater determination in defence.

It was a much tougher 20 minutes for Billingham as the Hawks scored four unanswered goals to mark an impressive comeback with Lee Pollitt, James Royds and James Neil on target before Greaves competed his hat-trick to force overtime.

Overtime was an action-packed five minutes of end-to-end hockey with both teams having chances to score.

Both net minders made several saves but the deadlock was finally broken with just two seconds of the five minutes remaining.

A penalty against Hawks gave the Stars a four on three advantage and an unstoppable slap shot by Chris Sykes from the blue line secured a dramatic win for the Hawks.

The Hawks are currently sixth in the table with four wins from their 13 games.

They have a a great chance to add to that total on Sunday when they host bottom of the table Nottingham Lions.