A poor start at Braehead saw Aberdeen Lynx lose their first game of the year 6-3 to Paisley Pirates.
A major flaw in Lynx’s away performances has been their tendency to go behind early – and the trip to Braehead was no different, with Paisley going three ahead in just six minutes courtesy of an Adam WALKER hat-trick.
Calum SMITH grabbed one back for the Lynx with captain Christian JOHNSON putting his side back into contention before the end of the first period.
Adam WALKER extended the Pirates’ lead back to two goals, settling the game down.
Despite a late fightback by the Lynx, with Ross McINTOSH making it 4-3 with 15 minutes left, Pirates’ Adam WALKER grabbed his fifth of the night before Michael DOBSON made it 6-3.
Lynx coach Owen Reynolds said: “Take nothing away from Paisley as they were incredibly organised and worked hard all night, but it was a virtuoso performance from Pirates’ Adam Walker that really hurt us – scoring five of their six goals.
“We’re being made to suffer for slow starts on the road and despite being wary of conceding early, we again found ourselves in a situation where we were looking to claw back a deficit.
“Ian Turley (Paisley Pirates coach) had his team well set up to control us and we found it difficult to break them down. Even at 4-2 down we still felt like we could get something from the game – but we were essentially still chasing a scoreline against a very disciplined team, so it was never going to be easy.
“The more we pushed, the more it was going to leave us exposed.
“Maybe this will take a little pressure off us as we’re labelled title contenders due to the talent we have, but internally we know we have to juggle our team due to various work commitments which makes it tricky to find consistency.
“We can now focus on a good play-off spot and progress in the Scottish Cup – and that starts with Kilmarnock Storm at the weekend followed by Moray Typhoons in the cup.”