Flyers blame individual mistakes

Fife Flyers assistant coach Danny Stewart passes on some instructions to Steven Gunn. Pic Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography
Fife Flyers assistant coach Danny Stewart passes on some instructions to Steven Gunn. Pic Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography

FIFE Flyers assistant-coach Danny Stewart felt individual mistakes were to blame after the disappointing home defeat to Dundee Stars on Saturday.

Flyers dominated large parts of the match, out-shooting the visitors 31-17, but after two periods they only had a single Casey Haines goal midway through the first period to show for it.

Penalty trouble in period three saw short-handed Flyers concede a powerplay equaliser to Mike Wirll with 13 minutes left, and the same player sealed a smash and grab victory for Dundee in the final minute.

Stewart, who led the Fife team in the absence of ill player-coach Todd Dutiaume, said: “That’s a game we should have won - there’s absolutely no question about that.

“We absolutely dominated the first period and probably should have been two or three up.

“We played a great game, but we took too many penalties and that killed our momentum a wee bit.

“All these one-goal games we’re losing are down to individual mistakes.

“With 50 seconds left we try a little cute pass at the red line, give it away, and it ends up costing us the game.

“You can do as much coaching as you want but the players have got to go out and execute it, and make sure they limit those mistakes.

“Two turnovers cost us two goals.”

Stewart also scolded defenceman Jeff Caister, who was thrown out of the match with 12 minutes left after he followed up a 10-minute misconduct for verbally abusing the match official with a chair-throwing tantrum in the penalty box.

“It’s completely unacceptable,” Stewart said.

“We can’t be losing guys, especially someone like Jeff who is the core of our defence.

“Whenever a guy does that he is putting himself in front of the team.

“Don’t get me wrong, these guys care, they feel bad afterwards, but we’ve got to keep our composure and realise we’re in a hockey game and we cannot afford to lose guys, especially when we’re so thin right now.

“We have a couple of guys banged up, so when we lose a guy we only get thinner and lose our depth.”

Flyers woes continued in Wales on Sunday as they suffered a shut-out in a 4-0 defeat to Cardiff Devils, meaning the Kirkcaldy side have now lost nine of their last 10 matches.