Belfast Giants were hammered 6-1 by Sheffield Steelers in England on Saturday night in their first Elite League defeat of the season.
Mathieu Roy, Jeff Legue and Fredrik Vestberg netted for the hosts in the first period with Ben O'Connor and Roy adding second-period goals.
Craig Peacock pulled one back for the Giants before Colton Fretter completed the rout at the Sheffield Arena.
The sides meet again in a league encounter in Sheffield on Sunday.
A victory for the Giants would move them to first place in the Elite League standings.