Leeds scored one of the fastest opening goals ever, putting the ball in the back of the net within ten seconds of the first face-off.
But Stops hit back quickly with well taken goals that took them into a 4-2 lead, a lead that was short-lived as Leeds scored the next three goals in this high scoring opening period to go into quarter-time with a 5-4 advantage.
From then on Leeds pulled steadily in front with scores of 7-5 at half-time and 10-6 at three-quarter time.
Stops fought hard throughout the game, but after a bright start in the first twenty minutes the attack looked short of ideas to break down a solid Leeds defence.
Loose marking gave the opposition too many chances on goal, but a series of good saves from Alex Ehegartner in goal ensured an acceptable scoreline at the end of the game.
It was encouraging to see that Stops won a good share of the ground balls, but it must be conceded that this was a disappointing result against a newly promoted team; the opposition could be much stronger next week as Stops play host to Sheffield Steelers.