A physical performance from Aberdeen Lynx saw them beat Scotland U19s 5-4 on Saturday.
The Lynx, in their first game since winning the play-offs last season, proved that even after the long break the team still have that winning mentality.
And, with new boys Adam McNicoll and Jack Durkacz getting their first ice time for the home side, it proved a great chance for coach Barry Carnegie to assess his squad ahead of next month’s season opener against Dundee Comets.
Scotland U19s opened the scoring five minutes into the first period.
Garry ROBERTSON was able to force the puck past Lynx keeper Chalmers after a melee in front of goal.
It took until midway through the second period for the Lynx to finally pull back level.
Sean Dyer and Christian Johnson worked the puck through for Ross McINTOSH to slot home making it 1-1.
And just four minutes later the home side pulled ahead, despite being a man down after Callum Smith was sent from the ice for a two-minute penalty.
Jonathan HOGAN, after earlier hitting the post, managed to fire the puck home to put his side 2-1 up.
The Lynx looked set to go into the second break ahead, but with just a minute remaining of the period Scotland’s Garry SIMPSON was able to seize the loose puck and calmly slot it home past Chalmers’ outstretched glove.
However, the third period was all about the home side, with Mark LAING putting the Lynx ahead again two minutes after the break, and HOGAN grabbing his second to make it 4-2.
Scotland weren’t done for yet though, with Garry SIMPSON forcing the puck through after another melee on the goal line.
Mark LAING scored his second to make it 5-3, before Scotland’s Harry FERGUSON pulled one back for the national side in the dying seconds.
After the match, coach Carnegie said: “I had stressed to the players the importance of getting back into the swing of things, not worrying too much about the score and having fun.
“We met each challenge head on and it was great to see some of the spirit shown at the end of last season had carried over.
“There were some areas where we need to improve on but we still have a few guys to come back into the team.
“It was great to see Hogan and Goddard back in the side and both played well.
“We are going to have a healthy competition for places this year which will hopefully bring with it the depth of squad we are looking for.
“Our new players also fitted in well and I had the opportunity to try them out in different situations.”