Aberdeen Lynx completed their league season last weekend with a dominant 8-0 win over Kilmarnock Storm.
The victory was the perfect preparation for Saturday’s play-off first leg against Edinburgh Capitals.
The Lynx went into the game against bottom-of-the-league Storm confidently but despite the home side being well on top, holding the visitors back within their own half, a combination of poor final touches and bad luck denied the Lynx an early goal.
Mark LAING was finally able to break the deadlock 16 minutes into the first 20, much to the relief of home fans and his teammates.
LAING scored his second of the night within 30 seconds of the start of the second period, with REYNOLDS netting his side’s third.
Sean DYER scored the Lynx’s fourth of the night and player-coach Barry CARNEGIE’s solo effort made it 5-0 as the sides went into the second break.
Captain Jordan LEYDEN opened the third period by scoring with less than 10 minutes remaining, while Ross McINTOSH made it seven for the Lynx.
Keith RIDDOCH completed the rout with Lynx’s eighth goal with three minutes remaining.
Mark Laing said: “Right from the get go it felt like we would win comfortably, but the Storm did well to hold us until the last four minutes of the first period.
“It’s always a great feeling to grab the first goal of the night and the fans always go wild, which is a fantastic feeling.”
Looking ahead to this weekend’s play-off quarter-final first leg against the Capitals, he added: “We can’t get too complacent and will need to play a totally different game, coming up against a strong Edinbugh Capitals side in the play-offs.”
Lynx take on the Capitals at 8pm on Saturday at the Aberdeen Linx arena. The second leg will be in Edinburgh at 5.30pm on Sunday, April 3.
In the other play-off quarter-finals, Kirkcaldy Kestrels beat Moray Typhoons 8-4, Dundee Comets saw off North Ayrshire Wild 6-2 and Paisley Pirates hammered Dundee Tigers 7-0.