Belfast win has set the bar high for Flyers

Bobby Chaumont scores. Fife Flyers v Braehead Clan. Saturday, September 27, 2014. Pic: Steve Gunn
Bobby Chaumont scores. Fife Flyers v Braehead Clan. Saturday, September 27, 2014. Pic: Steve Gunn
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Fife Flyers head coach Todd Dutiaume hopes his team can build on Sunday’s fantastic away win over the Elite League champions.

Flyers’ excellent 4-0 home win over Braehead Clan on Saturday was eclipsed by a stunning 6-1 away over Belfast Giants on Sunday.

It was, statistically, the Kirkcaldy club’s best ever weekend in the EIHL and Dutiaume hopes the standard has been set.

“The guys have raised the bar, but they have to be prepared to meet it, or try to push it even higher,” he said. “Whether it was Belfast not being on their game and we were, I don’t know, but we had them in all aspects of the game.

“I wouldn’t say I was surprised, but we had a couple of rough weekends before this so I was nervous going into the Braehead game.

“We’ve spoken before about the expectations of the organisation and around town and we can’t wait around until January like we did last year.

“But the guys came out and played like we know they can and it was nice to see them relaxed and excited. They deserved it because they really worked hard for 120 minutes.”

After a slow start to the season Dutiaume feels that new signings Chris Auger, Scott Fleming and Jamie Milam have now fully knitted into the side.

“Auger is now putting numbers up on the board and just look at the game Fleming has come onto,” he said. “He’s getting his nose dirty and just playing well all over the ice.

“Milam has also been getting stuck in and has figured out how many minutes we want him to play. We’ll always be a bit scrambly back there but he’s enjoying it.

“The three new guys have slotted in just fine and answered any questions that have been put to them. As a squad we no longer look upon them as the newcomers.”

Flyers take on Edinburgh Capitals in a Challenge Cup double header this weekend. Flyers will be on home ice on Saturday, face-off 7.15 p.m, before travelling to Murrayfield Ice Rink on Sunday (6.00 p.m.)

“Edinburgh are a team we have to be very cautious with,” Dutiaume stressed. “You can easily get lulled into a false sense of security against them.

“They’ve made improvements. They are more gritty and have already picked up some good wins. It will be no easier than last weekend.”

Flyers will again be without Matt Reber, Kyle Horne and Chris Wands.

“All three will get a light skate this week but getting up to full fitness doesn’t seem a reality right now,” Dutiaume added.