Richard Facey’s goal was no more than a consolation as Solent Devils were beaten 3-1 by Invicta Dynamos in National League south division one on Sunday.
The Gillingham hosts signalled their intent early on when, with Alex Cole serving a penalty for tripping, Eriks Ozollapa beat debut-making Devils netminder Sam Calder – only to have his strike chalked off.
At the other end, Facey thought his hard work had paid off.
But like Ozollapa, Facey had his goal ruled out – with the referees ruling the puck had entered the net through the side, rather than between the pipes.
Dynamos netminder Damian King denied George Norcliffe a powerplay goal early in the second period.
And minutes later Invicta took the lead when Steve Osman teed up Slovakian Ondrej Zosiak to slap a shot powerfully past Calder.
Alex Trendall and Ralfs Circenis tried their best to find a way through the Dynamos defence before the hosts edged further in front.
Osman was once again in the thick of it – this time stealing the puck and tucking it around the post to make it 2-0.
Another powerplay came and went for the Devils as Mitch Murray was thwarted.
And as the game entered the final period, the Dynamos snatched a third goal through Connor Redmond.
The Devils finally made a powerplay count when Mason Wild was held back by a hook from Harrison Lillis.
Facey took advantage by firing low past King from the middle to reduce the deficit.
But sadly for the Devils, it was too little, too late.
The Solent side, who are now seventh in the division, welcome derby rivals Wightlink Raiders to the Gosport Ice Arena on Sunday (7pm).
– STEVE BREEN