A stunning four-goal game for Jordan Leyden secured a 4-2 win for the Lynx in their first home game of the year.
The victory over Kilmarnock Storm came despite an ill-disciplined game in which the match officials missed a number of calls and handed out two hours worth of penalties.
When the game was allowed to flow unimpeded the sell-out Aberdeen crowd were treated to an entertaining display of physical hockey with talismanic forward Leyden turning in an outstanding performance.
Leyden grabbed a hat-trick in a feisty first period that saw more than a dozen penalties handed out.
A clever combination between the number eight and Iain Malcolm saw LEYDEN put the Lynx 1-0 up on the powerplay in the 10th minute. The Storm were quick to fire back, pulling level through Gary PARKER just a minute later.
But LEYDEN was on hand to put the Lynx back ahead after a pass seemingly took a lucky bounce off the back of Storm netminder Scott Blackwell and into his own goal.
A moment of brilliance completed the hat-trick for LEYDEN with three minutes of the period to go. Flicking past the last storm defender, he set himself up for a one-on-one with the netminder and easily beating him – much to the crowd’s delight.
In the dying seconds of the period Alasdair BROWN cut the lynx’s lead to just one goal, beat the Aberdeen minder.
Despite a free-flowing second period the Lynx were unable to extend their lead.
But with 10 minutes left, LEYDEN picked up a pass from Sean Dyer to hammer the puck into the top right corner.
A phenomenal save by netminder Craig Chalmers ensured the Lynx kept their two-goal lead going into the final minutes of the period.
However, after an unnecessarily tough challenge on Lynx forward Sean Dyer, a number of fights broke out across the ice, eventually spilling out on to the benches.
After a staggering 76 minutes of penalties were handed out, the final two minutes of play were allowed to continue.