Solent & Gosport Devils’ flying form ended with late heartbreak against Invicta.
Paul Fitzpatrick’s side were undone at the death as they went down to a 3-2 defeat.
Indiscipline cost the side dear as they were hit hard by penalties late on, with two players being sent from the ice for fighting.
Invicta cashed in to seize the victory and end a run which has seen Devils pick up 15 wins from a possible 16.
It was a rare off day for the side and they had to look to their string of penalties for the loss.
Goal-machine Kriss Abbott was also dismissed from the game during the first period when he was punished for fighting. Devils twice pulled themselves back into the clash after conceding.
James Carlin and Lewis Tribble were the men who did the damage before the later sucker punch.
It looked like Devils were going to grab the victory when Jamie Fitzpatrick hit the cross bar.
But then the tide turned with the double dismissal, which Invicta capitalised on to grab the points.
Devils boss Paul Fitzpatrick pulled no punches over his team’s display.
He backed them to bounce back, though, and they still sit top of the English National Division Two South table.
Fitzpatrick said: ‘On the night we just didn’t turn up and play like we can and have been doing all season,
‘Indiscipline cost us the game so we need to bounce back for our game this coming Sunday at home against Cardiff.
‘It was a very disappointing evening and the lads all know they can, and should, have done better. Their heads are down right now but we need to put this behind us and move on.’