Deeside Dragons confirmed their status as Laidler Conference title challengers with an 8-3 win over Hull Jets on Saturday night.
The Flintshire men enjoyed a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period in Hull, before the hosts launched a mini fightback after the break.
But with a 3-1 lead at the start of the third session, Deeside never looked back, rattling in five unanswered goals to secure victory.
Paul Thomason, who took charge in the absence of coach Lol Paul, was delighted with Deeside’s efforts against a tireless Hull outfit.
He said: “The Jets have run some good sides very close in recent weeks, so it was crucial that we built an early lead. But it was still tense in the second period, when Hull scored to make it 3-1.
“Thankfully, we put in some good shifts, which gave me the chance to ice the whole squad, including both netminders. Nobody let me down in any way.
“I was very impressed with Jake Orr, who played a good role in defence. We were a little short on numbers, but he stepped in and really deserved his man of the match award.”
Si Furnival was on target with Deeside’s first goal after 10 minutes of the opening session, before a second from Adrian Palak on 16 minutes.
Mike Jones made it 3-0 just after the break, before Hull scored on the nine minute mark of the second period.
The third period was a different affair, however, with five unanswered goals from the Dragons, thanks to Filip Supa (2), Marc Lovell (2), and Matthew Wainwright.
Hull briefly threatened a comeback with two late goals, but The Dragons were never in any realistic danger of relinquishing their lead.
Thomason added: “The whole squad deserves this win, and I made sure Lol was the first person to know how his boys had played.
“He was happy to see them carry on their run of wins, which means The Dragons have a very good chance of challenging for the league title.”
The Dragons, who are second in the table, host Hull Jets this Saturday at Deeside Ice Rink (7pm).