The 4,000 fans who flocked to Newcastle Warriors' new home to see them take on Fife Flyers in the Premier Division were swiftly brought down to earth.
A Mike Morrison goal and two from Chris Palmer made it 3-1 to Fife in the first period, effectively ending the contest. Despite the two sides matching each other in the next two periods, Fife won 6-4 to leave Newcastle at the bottom of the table.
Top are Cardiff Devils, who met Durham Wasps in a four-pointer. Cardiff were without the injured Ivan Matulik, and Mike Ware was called on to fill his role in attack rather than defence. The tactical ploy proved a masterstroke as Cardiff emerged 7-3 winners, with Randy Smith netting a hat-trick.
The Devils will also be grateful to Slough Jets, who broke their six- game losing streak with two draws. Their best performance came against Fife where, with four minutes left, they were trailing 5-2. But four goals without reply gave them the lead and only Chris Palmer saved the Scots' blushes. With two minutes remaining his goal secured a point.
Slough repeated the 6-6 scoreline against Wasps, this time Kip Noble's intervention preventing Durham's defeat, again with two minutes left.Reuse content