Deeside Dragons are likely to be put through their paces in training this week, after their seven-game winning run came to an end with a 5-5 draw against Blackburn Eagles.
Sunday’s encounter in Lancashire saw Deeside go two goals ahead in the first period, before conceding four unanswered goals in the middle session.
Those strikes put paid to Deeside’s hope of extending their run of victories, as they look to open a meaningful gap at the top of the Laidler Conference standings.
That advantage now stands at six points, following a quiet festive season across the league, although third-placed Widnes - with two game in hand - look the most likely challengers.Proceedings in Blackburn appeared to be going Deeside’s way on Sunday, with goals from Gavin Austin and Adrian Palak giving the visitors a first period lead.
But a second session collapse from the Dragons – including a rash of penalties on 31 minutes – saw Blackburn score four times before the final interval.
The Chester Road men appeared to have found their feet at the start of the third period, as they equalised with goals from Filip Supa and Palak.
But Blackburn once against took the lead on 52 minutes, with proceedings becoming increasingly fractious.
And it was Supa who saved Deeside’s blushes with a strike on 55 minutes, giving his side their second draw of the season.
The Dragons are back in action this weekend, ahead of a busy January that includes four home games and three away matches.
On Saturday, they host Coventry Blaze at Deeside Ice Rink (7pm) before making the trip to face Altrincham Aces on Sunday.