Deeside Dragons moved up to fourth place in the ENIHL Laidler Conference despite a mixed weekend on the ice.
Player-coach Steve Fellows’ men travelled to Yorkshire for a Saturday lunchtime showdown with high-flying Sheffield Senators but left empty handed after being on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline.
But the Flintshire side bounced back the following night as they came away from their encounter with Nottingham Lions clutching maximum points after registering a 4-2 success.
Against the second-placed Senators on Saturday, the Dragons were second best as the hosts dominated proceedings at the 1,500-capacity iceSheffield arena and took the lead in the contest as early as the fifth minute when Sam Hirst fired home.
Nathan Parkes-Britton was the hat-trick hero for the hosts and he grabbed his first of the contest with 20 minutes on the clock.
James Parsons gave the Dragons hope when he reduced the arrears on 29 minutes but the Senators pulled away when Parkes-Britton added a further two strikes before Joshua Taylor Gent rounded off the scoring to hand the Senators a convincing triumph.
On Sunday it was a different story as a depleted Dragons side manfully battled their way to a 4-2 success at the struggling Lions at the National Ice Centre, Nottingham.
Fellows’ men had to do things the hard way, however, coming from 2-0 down to take the spoils and hoist themselves up the standings in the Laidler Conference.
Connor Glossop and Daniel Hazeldine had given the Lions a two-goal advantage against the Dragons inside 25 minutes and the visitors looked to be heading to a weekend of woe on the ice.
But Aled Roberts’ effort on 26 minutes heralded the beginning of a Dragons fightback, but they had to wait until late in the day to complete it.
With 10 minutes left in the third and final period, the Dragons still trailed their hosts until Chris Jones levelled matters when he found the net on 50 minutes.
They hit the front just two minutes later as Parsons grabbed his first goal of the game and second of the weekend before Fellows led by example and rounded off the scoring with seconds left on the clock to secure the points for the Dragons.
Fellows’ men, who have won five of their 13 games so far this season, are back in action on Saturday when they travel to rivals Widnes Wild on Saturday (5.30pm) looking to avenge their feisty 7-6 home defeat by the Wild back in September.
After three road trips the Dragons are back on home ice the following day when they face off again against the Nottingham Lions (6.45pm) at Deeside Ice Rink.