Dundee Stars snapped a two-game losing streak to record only their sixth regulation win of a nightmare ice hockey season.
The Tayside team, who prop up the Elite League, romped to a 6-1 victory last night over injury-hit Hull Stingrays at Dundee Ice Arena.
Three goals in seven first period minutes rocked the visitors, who arrived full of confidence after beating Fife Flyers at Kirkcaldy on Saturday but were playing their third game in five days.
James Isaacs opened the scoring after three minutes, with a John Dolan double following after five and 11 minutes.
Eric Galbraith pulled one back forHull after 25 minutes but Igor Gongalsky fired in the fourth for Stars 11 minuteslater.
And Kyle Gibbons made it 5-1 with a strike after 36 minutes.
Dundee were not finished and Gongalsky popped in number six only 28 seconds after the restart to complete the scoring.
Stars move on to 30 points from 48 games and have four of their 52 scheduled regular season fixtures left but cannot qualify for the end-of-season play-offs.
The result helped ease some of the pain from Saturday’s 12-0 thrashing at Cardiff Devils.
It was the club’s worst defeat of the season, edging the 11-1 midweek reverse at Sheffield Steelers in the Challenge Cup in January.
Braehad Clan’s lead at the top of the Elite League is now a slender one point after a second straight defeat.
The long-time pace-setters were mauled 6-0 at fourth-placed Nottingham Panthers on Saturday following their 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Steelers on Wednesday.
Clan have 67 points from 48 games while Sheffield are on 66 points and have a game in hand.
Fife Flyers slipped to seventh following their 3-1 home defeat by Stingrays.
Scott Fleming scored Flyers’ goal but coach Todd Dutiaume was fuming that they were “outworked” in all areas and admitted: “We got what we deserved.”