Flyers coach demands Giant effort every night

Todd Dutiaume, Fife Flyers head coach
Todd Dutiaume, Fife Flyers head coach
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Fife Flyers head coach Todd Dutiaume has demanded the same level of performance from his players as shown in Sunday’s victory over Belfast Giants for the remaining 15 games of the Elite League season.

Dutiaume believes that the fighting spirit shown in the enthralling penalty shots victory can be produced more consistently, and he expects the team to deliver as the push for the play-offs approaches the crucial final stretch.

“I really liked what I saw on Sunday night - that’s the type of discipline we want to have, and the system we want to roll with,” he said.

“It was pretty apparent by our effort that we’re a good club - we just need to bring that work ethic all the time and we can be very good.

“We have eight weeks left to get us where we want to be in the play-offs - and it’s up to all of us to demand the best from ourselves every night.

“Not just say the words - but actually come out with performances night in, night out that get us on a roll in the run-up to play-offs.

“We have a decent schedule now - 12 conference games from the last 15 - and it’s imperative we go out and try to win all of them.

“I don’t think eight weeks hard work is too much to ask from a professional hockey player.”

An inconsistent season has led to questions over whether a change could - or should - be made to the Flyers line-up ahead of Saturday’s signing deadline.

“Right up to the deadline I’m not going to rule anything out, but that’s a question we’re really keen to eliminate,” Dutaiume said.

“At the moment we are in a position to ice the best team we possibly can, and you can see it’s strictly a matter of effort.”

Key to Flyers’ push for the play-offs will be eliminating the soft goals the team has a tendency for conceding.

“We’ve been susceptible to that in the past,” Dutiaume said. “We have to be harder to play against in all areas of ice - especially in our own end.

“At times we can be soft-ish to play against. When we stop skating and stop being tough we lose goals.”

Flyers welcome Cardiff Devils to Fife Ice Arena looking to claim their first points against the Welsh outfit this season at the third attempt.

Flyers then travel to Hull on Sunday loooking to emulate their 3-2 away win over the Stingrays on January 18.