Peterborough Phantoms were condemned to a 4-0 defeat at Basingstoke on the opening night of their English Premier League season.
And it was one of their former players who did the majority of the damage as head coach Jon Kynaston suffered defeat in his first competitive match in the Phantoms’ hotseat.
Welshman Joe Miller, who spent almost two years with the city club, hit a hat-trick as Bison bagged the points.
Phantoms fell behind after 4.01 when veteran Basingstoke man Doug Sheppard fired into the corner, but then Miller took centre-stage.
He put the hosts firmly in control with powerplay goals at opposite ends of the second period before completing his hat-trick with just over 10 minutes remaining.
“We didn’t really work hard enough for the first two periods,” said Kynaston. “And we certainly didn’t trouble their netminder enough.
“It was a bit of a frustrating night but we knew we were going to a very tough place.”
Phantoms are back in action tomorrow night (Sunday, September 23) when hosting Swindon Wildcats at the Peterborough Arena (5.30pm start).
The Wiltshire side will arrive in the city having lost their opening three matches of the season but Kynaston insists they should not be taken lightly.
“Swindon are a good team,” he continued. “They have put a strong roster together and we’ll need to produce our ‘A’ game to beat them.”