Defence the best form of attack for Flyers

Fife Flyers defencemen Matt Nickerson and Justin DaCosta. Pic: Steve Gunn
Fife Flyers defencemen Matt Nickerson and Justin DaCosta. Pic: Steve Gunn
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Todd Dutiaume admitted that Fife Flyers may have to rely on their defensive qualities this season after watching his team struggle to find the net in their opening six games.

Flyers are the Elite League’s lowest scorers so far this season with 12 goals in six games, while on the flipside they have conceded just two goals in their last 120 minutes of hockey.

Dutiaume, however, will be happy to be involved in low-scoring matches so long as it provides wins.

“Over the past three years our fans have seen an awful lot of goals in games,” Dutiaume said.

“In our first Elite year most of them were against us, but last year we had guys up front who put up some great numbers.

“The indication so far this year is that it we could be in a lot of tight, low-scoring games.

“With Kevin Regan back there, and the defensive core we’ve got, I can certainly live with that.

“I still think we’ve got more to get out of our three forward lines, and that addition of Rok Pajic gives us another dimension.

“I’m sure we’ll start putting pucks in the net. Look at our guys stats on paper - they can put the puck in the net.

“But the way for us get wins right now might be by keeping the opposition off the scoresheet.

“It’s a different style than we’ve been used to, and it heaps more responsibility on everyone defensively.

“Hopefully we can find a way to get the wins because these one goal games can go either way.”

Flyers got their first home win of the season on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Braehead making it two wins from two in the Challenge Cup.

Dutiaume hopes the team can continue their 100 per cent record in Group A with another win over Edinburgh Capitals at Fife Ice Arena this Saturday.

“Edinburgh have struggled but they’ve just got Dobron back. He’s an extremely good hockey player.

“That makes them a lot more well rounded. They had three or four imports missing the last time we played so we’re preparing for a much tougher game.

“It’s going to be a difficult two points to get, but if we stick to our systems and play our game, it will go our way.”

Flyers celebrated their 75th anniversary with a sell-out legends match on Tuesday night.

Dutaiume hopes the buzz created by the occasion can help carry the team throughout the whole season.

“Our guys all know now that this is a special year and hopefully that will help us get a little bit extra out of them.”

Tim Hartung may return after the defenceman’s condition showed some improvement as he battles back from concussion.

Jamie Wilson’s concussion is more severe, however, and the forward is expected to be out of action for another few weeks at least.

Dutiuame himself is on the waiting list for surgery to remove metal pins from his the broken kneecap he suffered at the end of last season.