Fife Flyers head south for defining game

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As games go it really should occupy centre stage at a weekend.

But Fife Flyers head south today (Wednesday) for the one head to head magtch that could define their entire season.

Their destination is Humberside to take on Hull Stingrays as the play-off race goes to the wire.

Flyers’ remarkable late season surge has sent shockwaves of doubt through the top eight.

They have games in hand and are stalking Cardiff and Hull across every shift in every period of every game.

And with those games in hand, and on the hottest streak imaginable, all eyes are on Todd Dutiaume’s man to see if they really can deliver the killer blow.

That comes tonight.

Defeat Stingrays, and in regulation time preferrably, and suddenly they are bang on course for a top eight finish and a place in the quarter finals.

It isn’t a mathematical certainty - this race could still throw some curve balls into the mix - but the momenum will have shifted hugely in Fife’s favour, and, at this stage of the season, that can be crucial.

The lines have clicked, the atmosphere in the dressing-room is second to none and everyone has a clear focus on what they have to do to extend their season beyond the end of March.

They have a good record against Stingrays, winning two of their last three matches and scoring seven goals each time.

They lead the head to head scorecard 4-3 overall, and the smart money would say they are the team on a roll, although Hull’s weekend demolition of Sheffield will not have gone un-noticed.

Fife’s policy has been to take this one game at a time, and it has paid off. That approach won’t change on the team bus this Wednesday. No-one will even mention Saturday’s visit of champions Belfast - the focus will be Stingrays and two points.

And if they are looking for additional inspiration perhaps they should ask Dutes about the most special day of all in Hull when they won the British championship against Slough Jets.

They did it after 60 minutes of regulation play, after overtime, penalty shots and into a sudden death shoot out. That’s the very definitionn of going to the wire.

The midweek stage in Hull will be no less intense as Fife drive their play-off wagon deep into the north-east of England.

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