Head coach Todd Dutiaume described it as a “mature” performance as Fife Flyers earned a shut-out win over a disappointing Edinburgh Capitals side on Boxing Day.
Flyers dismantled Caps in a methodical manner by scoring once in each period, keeping loose plays to a minimum, and maintaining a relentless work-rate for the full 60 minutes.
It was nothing like the spectacular, free-wheeling 8-3 win the last time the teams met in Kirkcaldy, but it was a more complete, well-rounded team performance.
Solid or spectacular - a win is a win.
The match marked the debut of new signing Nico Sacchetti with two assists and some dangerous shifts ensuring a good first impression for the ex-Dundee sniper.
Edinburgh’s most impressive performer - or perhaps the only one - was goaltender Carson Chubak who saved 45 of the 48 shots to keep the scoreline more respectable than it ought to have been.
Only a stunning stop from the Caps goalie when the back post looked wide open prevented Justin Fox opening the scoring around the 12 minute mark before TJ Caig made the breakthrough on 16.31.
Caig’s initial effort from the slot found the backboards, but he skated onto the rebound to somehow squeeze a shot inside the near post from an acute angle.
Flyers doubled their lead on 26.27 with a well-worked powerplay goal. Sacchetti showed some of the skill that saw him rack up a 77 point season in Dundee as his cleverly disguised pass between two Caps defencemen left Paddy Cullen with a clear run on goal, who shifted the puck onto his backhand before squeezing it under the advancing Chubak for 2-0.
A clean game suddenly became rather physical as a couple of big hits from both sides raised the decibel levels in the stands - and the tempers on the ice.
It led to a frustrating spell of powerplay pressure for Flyers as they saw a lot of the puck in the Caps zone, and fired plenty shots on goal, without the end product.
With Caps struggling to break free from Flyers dominance a third insurance goal would put the hosts on the home straight and it finally arrived seven minutes into period three as Dingle pounced on a rebound to celebrate his 11th goal of the season.
Only now, with the game virtually beyond them, did Edinburgh mount any sort of fight as they managed some sustained pressure on David Brown, who kept his focus to emerge with his fourth shut-out of the campaign.
Flyers never stopped all night and deserved a more handsome win. Caps simply never started as their season that started so promisingly continues to unravel at an alarming rate.