The FiFab Fife Flyers got their league campaign underway on Sunday night as Nottingham Panthers were the visitors as they completed a Scottish triple header.
Flyers were once again without Phil Paquet, who is still sidelined through injury, and Kyle Follmer. A familiar name in the Nottingham line up was that of Jeff Brown, son of Fife legend Danny Brown, who was present for the game.
Flyers had the better of the opening period and looked like they would score first as Nottingham struggled to slow down a very offensive Fife team.
Flyers found themselves shorthanded early on in the 1st period but Nottingham were unable to capitalise on what was a very impressive penalty kill.
Flyers had 3 great scoring opportunities but Jindrich Pacl in the Nottingham net was able to keep his side in the game at the end of the opening period.
A more evenly matched 2nd period saw both netminders pull off some quality saves to keep their side in the game. The breakthrough did eventually come when a fine move from Brendan Brooks set up Chase Schaber who rifled in the opening goal at 33:08.
Into the final period and Nottingham tied the game early on when Jeff Brown levelled the game at 41:14.
Flyers soon got back in front when Matt Sisca got Flyers 2nd goal of the evening at 49:53, before stretching their lead with an unassisted Justin Fox goal at 51:46.
Ryan Dingle wrapped the game up with an empty net goal at 59:35 to ensure that Flyers got 2 points from their first league game.
FINAL SCORE: Fife Flyers 4 Nottingham Panthers 1
Fife Flyers Scoring:
Chase Schaber (1+0), Matt Sisca (1+0), Justin Fox (1+0), Ryan Dingle (1+0), Brendan Brooks (0+1), Shayne Stockton (0+1), James Isaacs (0+1)
Fife Flyers Man of the Match
22: Matt Sisca
Nottingham Panthers Scoring:
Jeff Brown (1+0), Andy Sertich (0+1), Geoff Waugh (0+1)
Nottingham Panthers Man of the Match:
72: Jindrich Pacl
Shots on Goal:
Shane Owen: P1 - 5, P2 - 11, P3 - 15 Total = 31
Jindrich Pacl: P1 - 8, P2 - 12, P3 - 10 Total = 30
*Qualified for playoffs ^ EIHL Champions