Mark Laing struck four times and Iain Malcolm three as Aberdeen Lynx secured an 8-5 win at home to Dundee Tigers.
Laing, who bagged a treble in last week’s meeting with the Tigers on Tayside last week, struck twice in the first 11 minutes to put Aberdeen in a strong early position.
Malcolm and Fraser MacEachran scored one each to make it 4-0 by the halfway point of the game, before Paul Guilcher scored to get Dundee on the board.
Two more from Laing made it four on the night and 6-1 overall to set up what should have been a comfortable third period, but Scott Marr added another for the visitors.
Malcolm picked up his second and third, either side of further Dundee goals from Daniel Topping and Kris Phillips, before Scott Geddes made the scoreline more respectable for Tigers.
Lynx couldn’t follow up at Kirkcaldy Kestrels, narrowly falling to a 2-1 defeat at Fife Ice Arena. A tight game was being played out when Conor Duncan took his chance to open the scoring for the SNL champions as he found the net in the latter stages of the first period.
Lynx hit back through Craig Johnstone to level the game in the final minutes of the second period as a gripping third session looked to be in prospect. Daryl Venters stepped up to score what proved to be the winning goal with ten minutes left as the home team looked to see the game out.
Aberdeen couldn’t break them down in the end and they remain two points off the top in third place behind Edinburgh Capitals SNL and Kirkcaldy.
North Ayrshire Wild’s poor start to the season continued as Dundee Comets took eight goals and two points away from Auchenharvie. Daniel Abercrombie scored Wild’s first two goals in the SNL campaign to give the home fans something to cheer about.
But Rab Brown’s Comets blew them away to seal a one-sided win as two from Lewis Gold and Robert Brown as well as one each from Craig Findlay, John Skelly, Jamie Whitelaw and Lewis McIntosh sealed a comfortable 8-2 success.
Paisley Pirates returned to home ice for the first time this season and managed to see off a spirited Solway Sharks SNL in a 4-3 win.
Jamie Kerr’s men got the ideal start when Tom Watson and Connor Smith both found the net inside the opening seven minutes to give them an unexpected lead.
But Pirates pulled their socks up in the second period and drew level with the Dumfries side through goals from Chris Wilson and Fraser Campbell.
Watson edged Sharks ahead soon after, but the home side turned the game in their favour during the third period as Wilson picked up his second of the game before a winner from David Orr on the powerplay with minutes to go sealed the comeback.