Sheffield Steelers rang the changes tonight.
After Saturday’s 7-2 humiliation at Nottingham, coach Gerad Adams split up the first line.
The concept behind the move was to spread the threat of scoring across two of the three lines.
The attacking formations were: Roy/Forney/Dowd, Fretter/Mosienko/Phillips and Hill/Latulippe/Hewitt.
Jordan Fulton cashed in on a breakdown at iceSheffield to put Fife ahead at 4;06.
But Steelers levelled a minute later, a tip-in from Mathieu Roy.
At 8;22, Mike Forney made it 2-1.
Fife had a goal rubbed out for high-sticks at 11;13 and battled hard all over the ice, having a good share of the first half of the second period.
Flyers were enraged when a shot from Tyler Mosienko was awarded as a goal - they thought it hadn’t crossed the line.
Fife went further behind at 33;14, when Mosienko added his second.
A superb piece of individual stick-handling by Colton Fretter brought up number five 35;17; enough for the Scots to call a time out to try and come up with a new plan.
Forney nicked his second at 57:22.
Sheffield Steelers lumped to a morale-sapping 7-2 defeat at Nottingham Panthers.
Chris Lawrence and Bruce Graham were the main threat for the home side, in a game they dominated at the start and the end.
Steelers have enjoyed a consistent run of form recently, but the scale of this defeat certainly rings the alarm bells.
David Clarke started the rout after two minutes, Cody Wild adding another a minute later.
Ben O’Connor set up Tyler Mosienko for a reply at 26.00.
But the failure to score on a five-on-three penalty was costly. Panthers absorbed the pressure and made it 3-1 through Graham.
While Steelers fought back with O’Connor scoring, but it was downhill after that.
Graham got his second and then Shffield capitulated - there were three goals in six minutes, through Robert Lachowicz and a brace from Lawrence.
*Kevin Saurette scored a pair of goals as Belfast Giants remained top of the Rapid Solicitors Elite League with a 7-4 victory over Cardiff Devils at the Odyssey Arena.
Daryl Lloyd opened the scoring for the Giants on the powerplay but Jesse Mychan’s shorthanded marker ensured the teams went into the first intermission tied at 1-1.
2012 Stanley Cup champion Kevin Westgarth restored the advantage on his Giants debut and Colin Shields and Kevin Saurette put Belfast in a comfortable position at 4-1 before Doug Clarkson’s powerplay strike cut the lead in half.
Ray Sawada And Adam Keefe gave Belfast further breathing space but Cardiff would not lay down and Clarkson and Tyson Marsh hit back, but it was Belfast’s night and Saurette scored his second of the evening into the open net.
Two goals from ex Steeler Stefan Meyer ensured Braehead Clan kept pace with the Giants at the top of the table after they saw off Coventry Blaze 4-2,
A three-goal four-point night from John Mitchell helped Dundee Stars overcome Hull Stingrays 6-4 and in the evening’s final game Fife Flyers recorded a 4-1 home win over Edinburgh Capitals.
* Fife Flyers play their 100th road game in all EIHL competitions at Sheffield tonight.
Saturday 8th November
Belfast Giants 7 Cardiff Devils 4
Braehead Clan 4 Coventry Blaze 2
Fife Flyers 4 Edinburgh Capitals 1
Hull Stingrays 4 Dundee Stars 6
Nottingham Panthers 7 Sheffield Steelers 2