Nottingham Panthers 6-1 Cardiff Devils
Double-winners Nottingham Panthers began their Elite League and Challenge Cup defence with a comfortable victory over Cardiff Devils on Saturday.
Sam Smith gave Cardiff an early lead at the National Ice Centre in a rematch of last term's play-off final.
Nottingham imposed their game at the end of the first period as Jordan Fox and David Alexandre Beauregard scored.
Robert Lachowicz and David Clarke added goals for the Panthers before Canadian Beauregard completed his hat-trick.