I can vouch for Silopas gel sleeves, which I used after I got lace bite thanks to using Superfeet! The latter reduce the depth of the skate, increasing the pressure from the laces.
From my very limited watching of hockey games it seems that the "finesse" portion of a match occurs during the first period when, I assume, the ice is at it's hardest and fastest condition. After the in-between period ice cuts, the surface probably doesn't have time enough to truly harden off and so the players throw finesse out the window and go into lumbering bear mode slogging/slugging their way to the end of the match as the ice gets softer and softer. Is this a "theory" or just a "notion"?