A stylish display of attacking hockey saw Aberdeen Lynx demolish Edinburgh Capitals 14-1.
A second hat-trick in as many games for Jordan Leyden, as well as goals from summer signings Jack Durkacz, Craig Findlay and Lewis McIntosh, saw the home side run riot over the visitors in the Scottish Cup first leg game.
It took just two minutes for the Lynx to open the scoring, with Jonathan HOGAN making the most of the Capitals being a man down after Ross Hay was sent from the ice.
Just a minute later the home side were 2-0 up with Aaron THOMSON grabbing his first of the season.
The third goal came courtesy of LEYDEN, who controlled the puck from Iain Malcolm to slot home.
Mark LAING grabbed his first of the night just 20 seconds after the restart to make it 4-0.
LEYDEN grabbed his second before goals six, seven and eight all came within just 25 seconds.
LEYDEN completed his hat-trick with the goal of the night. He gathered the puck – sent by Calum MacEachran – out of the air and deflected it clear past Capitals keeper Craig Mallinson.
LAING’s second of the night, 16 seconds later, proved to be the final straw for the Capital keeper who slammed his stick down in frustration, before heading off the ice, to be replaced by Graham Rodger.
The misery continued for the Capitals, with goal number eight coming from Iain MALCOLM just nine seconds later.
Ross McINTOSH grabbed his first of the season from the penalty spot, with the puck just finding its way into the net after it looked like the Capitals keeper had saved the attempt.
It took just 40 seconds of the third period for LEYDEN to grab his fourth and Lynx’s 10th thanks to assists from Calum MacEachran and Mark Laing.
A brawl broke out which saw Capitals’ Ross Borwick sent to the changing room and both his team-mate Steven Clark and Lynx player Ross Goddard were sent for extended spells in the penalty box.
DURKACZ grabbed his first of the season swiftly followed by Ross McINTOSH netting his second of the night.
A consolation goal by Edinburgh Capitals’ Lewis CASSIDY did nothing to slow the Lynx momentum.
Lewis McINTOSH grabbed his first for the Lynx making it 13-1 thanks to a perfectly weighted pass from former Dundee Comets teammate Craig Findlay.
Craig FINDLAY completed the rout, scoring goal number 14 with 90 seconds left.
Lynx coach Barry Carnegie said: “I expected it to be a close game to be honest, Edinburgh are always a strong team.
“It was a perfect storm in that we played well and they played poorly,
“The fact that it’s over two legs, it will still be a tough night in Edinburgh.”
The Lynx will take on the Edinburgh Capitals in the second leg on October 23, but up next for the Aberdeen side is a visit from Moray Typhoons next Saturday.