The Solent & Gosport Ice Devils sent out a warning to the rest of their National League south division two rivals with a 17-0 thumping of Cardiff Devils.
There were doubts whether Gosport could be the same force as in previous seasons, but they proved any critics wrong with their biggest win of the campaign to date.
Every member of the 20-man squad – except the net minders – scored or assisted in the final goal tally, despite the visitors to Planet Ice playing a very physical game as they sought to add to their points total of two.
After only 42 seconds, the Devils stated their intent for the evening with an opening goal from captain Kris Abbott, assisted by forward partner Drew Campbell.
In total, Abbot scored four goals.
Campbell claimed an assist in every one of them, as well as scoring two himself.
At the end of the first period, the home side led 5-0 – a lead they extended to 11 after the second.
Seven minutes into the third period, Devils enforcer Kev Tanner was thrown out of the game for fighting.
But that didn’t stop Gosport inflicting more embarrassment on Cardiff as they ran in another six goals to end the game as convincing winners.
The only bad news on the night followed the Tanner incident, as he will now miss the next Devils game at home to Bristol on Sunday, October 30.
The Devils remain joint top of the division, alongside Peterborough Islands, on 10 points from their opening five games of the season.
DEVILS Scorers: Abbott, Nembhard, Tanner, Johnson, Carlin, Campbell, Weedon, Wyatt, Crockford.