Many of the ladies in the Kingston and Nottingham teams know each other well, but those friendships were set aside for 60 minutes to produce a highly entertaining game in front of a sizeable crowd.
It took just 51 seconds for Hannah Worthington to get the go-ahead goal for Nottingham (unassisted).
By the 11th minute, the troublesome combination of Robin Mullen and Madison Wright put the score line to 4-0 with two goals for Mullen; one for Wright. It stayed this way going into the first break.
Two short-handed goals at 23 minutes, within the same penalty kill, would make a Kingston comeback very difficult, as Robin Mullen completed her hat-trick and then combined with Madison Wright for her second of the evening.
Kingston threw much more at Nottingham in Period 2, bringing some scrambling defensive work and some fine saves from Holly Steeples. The Diamonds were unlucky not to get some reward for their attacking efforts.
Period 3 saw the Vipers finishing strongly with four further goals, including a neat power play goal from Captain Emma Wilkinson (assisted Megan Rathbone); a second goal for Hannah Worthington also on the power play (assisted Lucy Kendall); an unassisted hat-trick goal for Madison Wright and a further goal for Chamonix Jackson in only her second Vipers game, as she jumped into the play from serving a minor penalty, assisted by Megan Rathbone.
All in all, a solid Nottingham performance in each key area and a game played in a great spirit between the two sides.
Vipers PIM 10
Diamonds PIM 8
Robin Mullen 3+1
Madison Wright 3+1
Hannah Worthington 2+0
Lucy Kendall 0+2
Megan Rathbone 0+2
Emma Wilkinson 1+0
Chamonix Jackson 1+0
Nottingham MOM Holly Steeples
Shots on Holly Steeples 28 SVS% 100%