Fife Flyers head coach Todd Dutiaume expects to see more consistency from his team after a four-point weekend relieved the pressure of a six-game losing run.
Weekend wins over Manchester Storm and Braehead Clan put an end to the slide, and hauled Flyers off the bottom of the Elite League standings. Now Dutiaume is looking for a steady run of form.
“Consistency is the key to any success,” he said. “That’s the buzz word of the week for us.
“Over the course of a season you will lose and win games, but if we produce good, solid performances like we had on Sunday, we will be on the winning end more than the losing one.”
Dutiaume held talks with his players last week, challenging them to up their game, and the results were evident over a weekend where the team rediscovered the winning formula.
“We challenged guys at the start of last week to be better and it started in training,” he said.
“I don’t think it was our best performance on Saturday but we did enough to win.
“Sunday was a very solid performance - I was very pleased with how they executed.
“It came from demanding a little bit better out of ourselves, being patient, and taking care of our D-zone.
“The guys have always been complimented for their work ethic - it was just channelled in the right areas.”
Dutiaume hopes that the weekend wins can ease some pressure and allow some fun back into the dressing room.
“The guys know they are good hockey team so there’s been a bit of frustration there,” he said.
“When you hit some bad form the pressure can seem bigger than it is.
“Hockey is a career for these guys but it also has to be fun, and you can tell that they enjoyed themselves at the weekend.”
Flyers welcome Dundee Stars to Fife Ice Arena on Saturday for their only game of the weekend.
Stars currently lead the Gardiner Conference but two points would see Flyers leapfrog their opponents on Saturday.
“We’re focusing in a one game weekend,” Dutiaume said.
“We’re within touching distance of the pack and two points puts us back in among them.”
Flyers were hoping to have Michael Dorr back in training before Saturday’s game.