A fiery encounter in Elgin saw the Aberdeen Lynx thrash the Moray Typhoons 10-2.
The Lynx made the trip up the A96 hoping to make up from the disappointment from last weekend’s draw against the Dundee Comets.
And it took just 47 seconds for the Aberdeen side to go ahead, defenceman Calum MacEACHRAN.
Three minutes later Jonathan HOGAN increased the Lynx’s lead to 2-0 taking the puck out of the air, making full advantage of the Typhoon’s being a man down after Joe Durkacz received a two minute penalty.
The Lynx’s third, a short-handed goal, came from Craig FINDLAY on his debut for the club, a shot from deep within his own half managed to beat the Typhoon’s keeper McPherson, shocking Findlay more than anyone else it seemed.
Controversy surrounded the Lynx’s fourth of the night, HOGAN looked to have slotted the puck into the net after picking up a pass from Jordan Leyden, but an appeal from the Typhoons to the referees – and play restarting without the scoreboard updating – gave the impression it had been disallowed, which proved not to be the case.
Just a minute later Jordan LEYDEN grabbed his side’s fifth of the night.
A combination of the fourth and fifth goals coming so quickly together, with the scoreboard jumping from 3-0 to 5-0, gave the impression the referees had lost track of the score, much to the Lynx fans confusion and enjoyment.
The second period saw the Typhoons switch out their goalkeepers, as James Ramsay replaced Mike McPherson.
But, the fresh pair of hands in goal wasn’t enough to stop Iain MALCOLM opening the scoring just 13 seconds after the restart.
Instead of another high-scoring period for the Lynx, however, the second period was instead characterised by the sheer volume of penalties handed out against both sides.
This included Aberdeen’s Mark Laing and Moray’s Mark Stanford both being sent from the ice after a fight broke out between the pair.
Moray pulled one back to make the score 6-1, a perfectly weighted pass from the Typhoon’s Joe Durkacz to Fraser Munro split the short handed Lynx defence, with MUNRO able to slot past Craig Chalmers.
The Lynx looked to have made it 7-1, after Sean Dyer slotted past Typhoon’s keeper Ramsay, but the whistle had been blown a fraction of a second before for offside.
The Typhoons grabbed their second of the night just two minutes into the third period courtesy of Scott OGG, whose powerful shot sailed over Lynx keeper Chalmer’s right glove.
But with the sending off of Joe Durkacz – along with Lynx forward Fraser MacEachran – eight minutes into the third period, the Elgin side seemed to lose all cohesion.
LEYDEN grabbed his second of the night just 20 seconds after the sending off, followed minutes later by Iain MALCOLM’S second to bring the score to 8-2.
And Christian JOHNSON made it 9-2 with four minutes left of the game.
With the Lynx fans calling for goal number 10, Jordan LEYDEN delivered just 30 seconds later, the forward completing his hat-trick with a well-worked solo effort.
Speaking after the match, Lynx player-coach Owen Reynolds said: “It’s always a tough place to go to, going to Elgin it’s never going to be a pretty game of hockey.
“We got off to a good start, three quick goals, I think after that Moray got a bit frustrated and agitated and that’s where the game got a bit ugly.
He added: “We had a short bench, but a strong bench. We were always confident.”
“In the second period we maybe got a bit complacent, took our foot off the gas a bit, we got involved in the uglier side of the game.
“Mark getting sent off, that was frustrations boiling over, but it was the catalyst that got us back on track.”
Speaking of the 10-2 scoreline Owen said: “It could have been a lot more.”