Player-coach Omar Pacha called for cooler heads tonight as his Hull Stingrays team took on on-form Sheffield Steelers at iceSheffield.
Hull, who started the weekend in eighth place in the 10-team Elite League, had previously been beaten 6-3 and 3-2 by Gerad Adams’ side.
“We have played two good games against Sheffield and I am expecting another tight one” he said before the game.
“You always try and learn from your mistakes and we will be looking to be a bit more disciplined than last time.”
Tonight’s face off was half an hour later than normal after a ticketing printing error.
It was a competitive, open and fast first period.
Michael Forney scored the only goal, courtesy of a Jay Latulippe pass.
Forney can be Steelers’ most effective forward player - when he isn’t being kicked out of face offs -and his goal was slick and well executed.
But both goalies were busy - and Hull looked comfortable on the puck.
Steelers went 2-0 up on their first Power Play.
Ben O’Connor claimed his second assist of the night, with Forney also doubling his goal output, at 20;27.
Hull, for all their hard work, looked like they were in for a long night.
However Jamie Chilcott had a decent chance and Yan Turcotte hit Doyle’s mask.
Dustin Kohn hit the bar and O’Connor almost scored a cracking individual effort on a short-handed play.
After some dodgy second periods recently, this was excellent to watch.
Forney was involved in the third goal, teeing up linemate Mathieu Roy on 45;14.
Hull were not going to be walked over though.
And they got one back at 52:59 Cory Tanaka grabbing a goal back.
But the discipline that the Hull coach asked for deserted them.
And a Power Play goal for Gord Baldwin, put the game beyond doubt.
*Injured forwards Rob Dowd and Pascal Morency are expected to return to Steelers roster next weekend, for the two Scottish road games.
Both players will be assessed in full training on Wednesday.
* Scott Pitt scored a pair of goals as Braehead Clan extended their advantage at the top of the Elite League with a 3-1 victory over Edinburgh Capitals.
Neil Trimm opened the scoring in the first period before Pitt’s two third-period markers put the Clan into a comfortable position, rendering Dennis Rix’s powerplay strike mere consolation.
Belfast Giants remain in second place after claiming a point as they battled back from 3-0 down to force overtime against Nottingham, where Bruce Graham’s effort earned the Panthers a 4-3 victory.
Greg Jacina, Nathan Robinson and Robert Lachowicz put the Panthers into a commanding position before Darryl Lloyd and a Craig Peacock double sent the game into the extra session.
Defenceman Andrew Hotham scored two goals and added an assist to lead Cardiff Devils to a 6-3 win over Coventry Blaze.
In the night’s other game, Kevin Regan turned away 20 shots for his second shutout of the season in Fife Flyers’ 5-0 win over Dundee Stars.
Saturday 25th October
Cardiff Devils 6 Coventry Blaze 3
Fife Flyers 5 Dundee Stars 0
Nottingham Panther 4 v Belfast Giants 3 (After Overtime)
Sheffield Steelers 4 Hull Stingrays 1
Elite League/Challenge Cup Group A
Braehead Clan 3 Edinburgh Capitals 1
Sunday 26th October
Dundee Stars v Nottingham Panthers 6.30pm
Edinburgh Capitals v Braehead Clan 6.00pm
Hull Stingrays v Fife Flyers 6.00pm
Challenge Cup Group B
Coventry Blaze v Cardiff Devils 5.15pm