Flyers bid to bounce back from weekend blip

Action from Dundee Stars v Fife Flyers on February 5, 2012'Pic: Derek Black
Action from Dundee Stars v Fife Flyers on February 5, 2012'Pic: Derek Black

TODD Dutiaume believes his Fife Flyers team can bounce back from a weekend to forget.

Out of sorts Flyers followed a 5-1 defeat in Coventry with a 6-2 loss to play-off rivals Dundee, and in the process were dumped back to the bottom of the Elite League table.

But Dutiaume is viewing the performances as a “blip” and he expects his players to come out all guns blazing for the visit of Braehead Clan on Saturday.

“Every team has set-backs, and I’m really hoping that’s what the weekend was,” he told SportsPress.

“There’s still a lot of heart in this club – and a lot of desire. The guys got a taste of winning and hopefully we can find a way to get that back.

“We’ve got a one game weekend coming up, and we have to find a way to win that game on Saturday.

“Our fans have been watching really good hockey for the last few weeks, they’ve come to expect that, and they deserve that.

“The pressure is firmly on us players to regroup, and get back to it.”

Since losing 10-1 to Braehead in September, Flyers have taken five of the last six points against the Glasgow club.

“Braehead are a team we’ve done well against this year, and we’ll be looking to continue that run,” Dutiaume said.

“They inflicted our heaviest defeat of the season and that stung the guys so there’s always revenge in mind when we take them on.

“Every team in the league seems to have bogey team – maybe we are theirs. Having a good record against them allows us to be a little bit more confident ahead of the game.”

Braehead claimed a penalty shots win in Kirkcaldy just 10 days ago on a night where Flyers’ powerplay failed miserably.

Dutiaume added: “Powerplay is something we’ve been working on, and it’s starting to improve, but our five on three in particular has looked static.

“We have discussed it and we are working on it. We’re controlling the puck a lot better in the zone, now we’ve got to capitalise by getting shots on net.

“We need to stop looking for pretty plays all the time, and start getting shots on net, and banging in rebounds.

“We need guys shooting more but we also need more body movement because other teams will just sit in the shooting lanes if we let them.”

Flyers have no match on Sunday but travel to Wales on Wednesday night looking for their first points of the season against Cardiff Devils.