Allan Crow gets the post-game reaction to a disappointing penalty shot defeat on home ice for Fife Flyers...
We didn’t show up ... we had too many passengers ... and we didn’t want it enough.
The post-game iPod was also switched off; a sure sign there was nothing to celebrate about the point gained in a 3-2 OT loss on home ice to a short-benched but hardworking Braehead Clan.
That Flyers got a solitary point was scant consolation. It should have been two, and they should have been sealed well within regulation time.
All they had to do was close the game out at 2-0. Instead they let the Glasgow side back in during the dying seconds of the second period, and never really gained the upper hand in a flat third in which both sides seemed quite happy to drift into OT.
There was little to cheer either, although the fans did their best.
In that twilight zone after Christmas but before New Year, the whole match felt flat, and never really got going. Even the few roughing penalties handed out and the occasional snapping seemed to lack any real grit.
Flyers started well, but didn’t really test netminder Mike Will who got the nod ahead of ex-Fife import Garrett Zemlak. He made some good saves, but no-one got in his face or made life tough enough for him.
It took half an hour to break the deadlock - Bobby Chaumont making up for an earlier big miss by converting off a Derek Keller pass at 30:34.
One minute later it was 2-0 as Kriss Hogg scored on the powerplay.
David Nicolett grabbed a lifeline powerplay for Clan at 37:40 and the they claimed an equaliser 17 seconds from the buzzer through Jordan Krestanovich; a goal Fife really shouldn’t have conceded after Zac Carriveau took a needless elbows penalty for a mid-ice check on Nicollett.
Hopes the game might deliver a rousing third provided wide of the mark as Clan kept Fife wide and happily wound down the clock.
Overtime couldn’t separate the sides, and on the six penalty shooters, only Krestanovich actually rang the red light. That pretty much summed up the night.
>> Post-game verdict:
DANNY Stewart was as direct as ever.
‘‘Plain and simple? We weren’t hungry enough to take advantage of Braehead’s short numbers. We didn’t do enough. We didn’t show up,’’ he said.
‘‘We didn’t execute the game plan, and we had some passengers - and some didn’t show up.’’
Stewart also declared the inquest over - ‘‘we won’t over-analyse it’’ - before looking ahead to a difficult Hogmanay test against Edinburgh Capitals.
His words were echoed by Todd Dutiaume.
‘‘If you come in half a step behind, it’s hard to get going,’’ he said. ‘‘We didn’t get in their netminder’s face enough. We didn’t want it enough, and we had moments when we weren’t awake on the ice.’’
Flyers go to Edinburgh on Hogmanay for a match which should attract a bumper crowd - it has a 4.00 p.m. face-off and Fife will take a huge support over the Forth to see a game against a Caps side that has come into good form and is dangerous on home ice.
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