Whitley Warriors put ten goals past Sheffield Senators in a one-sided contest at Hillheads Ice Rink on Sunday evening.
Player-coach David Longstaff opted to rest himself and senior goaltender Richie Lawson going into the game against the division one strugglers.
Whitley gave significant ice time to their entire roster including squad players such as Alan Yarrow and Phil Pritchard, who joined the club shortly into the current campaign.
Despite the final scoreline, it was Senators who took the lead when their captain Nathan Parkes-Britton fired past Mark Turnbull with only 48 seconds on the clock.
Sheffield then managed to stifle Warriors’ attacking efforts, that was until the ninth minute when Dan Pye blasted home from just inside the blue line to level the scores.
The home side then took the lead towards the end of the opening period thanks to a fine strike by Dean Holland, with Pye again involved as the big d-man picked up the assist.
The middle period saw Warriors run into a little penalty trouble during the opening minutes, but they managed to net three short-handed goals in around three and a half minutes of play through Callum Watson, Jordan Barnes and Holland to take command of the game.
After 31 minutes Whitley opted to replace starting netminder Turnbull with Jordan Boyle so that both youngsters could get some ice time at senior level.
Warriors continued to create offensive openings and by the end of the second period Whitley had grabbed two further goals through Ben Richards and Jamie Tinsley to establish a comfortable 7-1 lead.
Whitley started the third period on the penalty kill as import Andre Payette had received a two-minute penalty for interference at the end of the previous period.
Senators struggled to get their powerplay going and Warriors were able to kill off the penalty and return to full strength.
Holland grabbed his third of the evening on 44 minutes when he fired past the over-worked Rob Browne in the visitors’ goal.
Warriors’ Alan Yarrow was sent back to the dressing room by referee Emmerson on 47 minutes when the veteran forward was given two minutes for roughing plus five minutes and a game for spearing.
This resulted in Senators having a seven-minute powerplay, however, Warriors’ specialist team once again were able to thwart all of Sheffield’s attacking efforts.
During the final stages Whitley were able to grab two quickfire goals as both Callum Watson and Harry Harley netted late strikes which saw Warriors claim an emphatic 10-1 victory.
Pye was named Warriors’ man of the match for a superb display in defence while Senators’ goalie Browne was chosen as the their best player over the 60 minutes of action.
After the emphatic win, Warriors coach Dave Holland said: “We gave everyone ice time as we operated four forward lines and three defensive pairings and were able to rest Lobby (David Longstaff) and Richie Lawson.
“Next weekend sees us take on the Solihull Barons on home ice in what should be a competitive game of hockey between two good sides.”
Solihull Barons visit Tyneside on Sunday with a face-off time of 5pm as the top two in the NIHL North Division 1 go head to head.
There is history between veteran Whitley import Payette and Solihull player-coach Perry Doyle, and with the two heavyweights both on the ice next weekend it could be an eventful game.