Whitley Warriors suffered overtime heartache on Sunday evening as the Tyneside club lost out 3-2 to Blackburn Hawks at Hillheads.
Hawks took the lead on the power play thanks to former EPL D man Luke Boothroyd, but Warriors were level inside the opening minute of the second period when Phil Edgar scored also with the man advantage.
Both sides were standing toe to toe but Warriors were arguably creating the better chances, only to be stunned when Richard Bentham made it 2-1.
Back came Whitley once more and they levelled the game for a second time when Ben Richards tapped home unmarked following a flowing move involving David Longstaff and Harry Harley.
The game went into sudden death overtime and when presented a power play Lewis Baldwin struck to break Warriors hearts and complete a 3-2 victory for the visitors.