Match Report: Fife Flyers 2-1 Braehead Clan

Fife Flyers’ Kyle Haines capped off a remarkable 81 seconds in the Kirkcaldy Ice Arena as he netted the winner with 13 ticks of the clock left to take a 2-1 lead along to Renfrew this evening.

Over 3,000 ice hockey fans were present to witness the Clan’s collapse in the last minute and a half in the first leg of the playoff quarter-final tie.

The visitors took the lead through Swede Marcus Gotz on a power play after 19:03. The next 39 minutes remained scoreless. However, Todd Dutiaume’s side kept up the pressure and levelled at 58:39 through Ryan Dingle on a power play. 68 seconds later, defenseman Haines turned the game on its head with the game-winning goal.


At 6pm, the second leg takes place at the Braehead Arena.

Ryan Finnerty is without Brendan Brooks due to a broken arm. However, he will have the services of the returning Rik Jackman. Entering the weekend, Todd Dutiaume knew he had a full strength squad and does so again.

Both teams are looking to return to Nottingham for the final four after missing out last year. In 2014, Braehead and Fife made it to finals weekend but were losing semi-finalists. Although, the west coasters claimed third place with a 7-6 victory over Flyers.

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Match Report: Fife Flyers 1-4 Belfast Giants

Belfast Giants faced off against the Fife Flyers in Kirkcaldy on Tuesday with the visitors leaving 4-1 victors.

With the win, the Giants moved within three points of the first placed Cardiff Devils with six games to play.

Two goals from Kris Beech. As well as strikes from Michael Forney and Mike Radja, gave the Giants the two points.

Belfast was without Matt Nickerson, Mark Garside, Johan Ejdepalm, and Brandon Benedict. However, they dominated proceedings, spending most of the period camped inside the Flyers half. The stats backed this up as the shot count was 17-5 in favour of the away side after the opening 20 minutes.

Giants took the lead in the first period as Michael Forney netted with 90 seconds remaining on the clock. Jim Vandermeer and Derrick Walser credited with the assist. It was the American’s 21st of the campaign. As a result of Ryan Dingle sitting in the Penalty Box for Goalie Interference.

Only 56 seconds had gone in the second period and Kris Beech with his 22nd goal of the season doubled the lead. David Brown was kept busy in the Fife net as Belfast continued to pepper his goal mouth. Although, their flow was broken up with five power plays to the home side.

Michael Dorr preyed on a Flyers’ pp. Scoring 81 seconds after the third-period faceoff to bring his side to within one. But, the Kirkcaldy-based side’s momentum was fleeting. Belfast restored their two-goal advantage thanks to Beech’s second of the game at 44:26. Five minutes later, Mike Radja ended the rout as he slotted in at the back post.

Head Coach, Todd Dutiaume, accepted his side were second best on the night, saying:

‘‘Some results you deserve, some you grind out – but that wasn’t the case tonight. This is the same hockey club which came out against Cardiff and won, but tonight we were disappointing.

‘‘Belfast looked like a team that wanted back into the title race. That was one of the most solid performances we have seen in this building this season. They were all over us.

“Anytime you get outshot four to one in your own building, and go 1 for 7 on the PP, you won’t win the game.’’

Dutiaume admitted they missed the buzz and leadership of injured Danny Stewart. The Flyers’ coach hopes to have him back in the line-up for the weekend. With upcoming away fixtures in Sheffield and Manchester . He will want an instant response from his men.

’’We’ll have a huge travelling support, and that is great,’’ he said. ‘‘We have to find a way to claw that performance back this weekend.

‘‘We need points to secure our play-off place and for the conference title. This is a huge weekend.’’

Fife Scoring:
Michael Dorr (1+0), Philippe Paquet (0+1), Nicolas Rioux (0+1)

Fife Man of the Match: Kyle Haines

Belfast Scoring:
Kris Beech (2+0), Mike Forney (1+1), Mike Radja (1+0), Derrick Walser (0+2), Jim Vandermeer (0+1), Chris Higgins (0+1), David Rutherford (0+1)

Belfast Man of the Match: James Desmarais

Shots on Goal:
David Brown: 41
Stephen Murphy: 13

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Match Report: Edinburgh Capitals 4-5 Fife Flyers

It took a penalty shootout to separate Edinburgh Capitals and last night’s winners, the Fife Flyers at Murrayfield Ice Rink.

Fife won the opening face-off and netminder Carson Chubak faced an onslaught of rubber. Shayne Stockton opened the scoring within seven minutes with Jeff Lee doubling the lead on 11.

Moments later, the Caps pulled one back through Taylor Dickin. Then Trevor Gerling equalised with less than one minute of the first third left. Seconds later, Ned Lukacevic gave Edinburgh a 3-2 lead at the end of the opening 20.

180 seconds into the second period and Stockton levelled it up once again. It was another 23 minutes before RJay Berra netted a seventh goal of the contest and Capitals led again. However, the man of the match, Shayne Stockton equalised with less than 120 seconds to go.

In overtime, Flyers dominated proceedings. They had four chances to win it. Delahey, Dingle, Pacquet and Sachetti all had chances, but could not convert. Penalty shots beckoned. The visitors converted their three attempts while Caps made their first two.

It came down to Lukacevic v Brown in sudden death. The former Flyer went right, tried for the near post but Brown had already shut it down. The puck struck Brown’s body and he went to celebrate with the large travelling support.

Fife Flyers Coach, Todd Dutiaume, said: “This game meant a lot to them. Their season was on the line and they were pushing and pushing in the second and third periods.”

Those two goals at the end of the first we lost destroyed us. We have been in this position before and found it hard to come back in adversity, but I was proud of how we responded tonight. They stuck with [it] and kept pushing.”

Caps’ Coach, Riley Emmerson instructed disrupt the Fifers’ rhythm in this penalty-strewn affair. It worked in the main. It only took 10 minutes in this derby match for frustrations to boil over as Paquet and Lukacevic squared up. The defenceman dropped his gloves. Although the ex-Flyer was not keen. His enforcer, Kyle Flemington stepped in on his behalf.

The second period saw Justin Fox catch Gerling with a wayward stick. Kyle Bigos stepped into the fight but escaped the third man in penalty. That was not an end to the amateur pugilism as TJ Caig wanted some of the big defencemen as well. Not long later and Bigos took exception to a check from Kyle Haines and once again, Caig stepped in.

It was a vital couple of points for their Gardiner Conference aspirations. Dutiaume’s men lead by six points with five to play. Dundee Stars have seven matches left on the schedule. As for Emmerson’s squad, they are propping up the table. Although, they can have a say on who wins the northern division with performances like last night.

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