Flyers coach seeks improvement despite Dundee win

Scott Fleming shows determination against Coventry Blaze last Friday. Pic: Steve Gunn
Scott Fleming shows determination against Coventry Blaze last Friday. Pic: Steve Gunn

Fife Flyers coach Todd Dutiaume will demand a better performance when his team takes on Dundee Stars for the second time in a week.

Flyers welcome their derby rivals to Fife Ice Arena on Saturday and Dutiaume is looking for an improvement, despite winning 5-3 win in Dundee last Sunday.

“We dodged a bullet in that game,” Dutiaume told the Press. “I don’t think we woke up until five minutes left.

“We had to score a short-handed goal to win a hockey game, which is not ideal.

“It just wasn’t there but we found a way to win, whereas maybe in past we’d have thrown those points away.

“But the guys were told about it after the game – you can’t continue to put in performances like that and expect to get points.”

Stars are currently in a five-game losing streak and are rooted to the bottom of the EIHL table on three points from 10 games.

Dutiaume stressed, however, that Flyers cannot afford to produce another lacklustre effort against Jeff Hutchin’s men.

“Because Dundee play a little bit passive we shut off our intensity, which is what gives us our edge on teams,” Dutiaume said.

“They lull you into that game and the next thing you know we’re 3-2 down and looks like we’re coming out of Dundee with another loss.

“People talk about Dundee being a difficult rink to play in, but it wasn’t a difficult rink to play in on Sunday, we just didn’t show up.

“We’ll need to make sure we rectify that this weekend.”

Flyers next five fixtures are all in the Gardiner Conference - an important stretch as the season approaches the end of the first quarter.

After the Dundee game on Saturday, Flyers travel to Hull on Sunday - a venue that has yielded only three points from 10 visits.

Flyers go into the weekend with a misfiring powerplay - the team has gone 14 powerplays without a goal - however Dutiaume insists it will come good again.

“If you look at it a couple of weeks ago our powerplay was firing on all cylinders and was in the top three in the league,” he said.

“We’re still moving the puck around good and getting control but right now there’s a few things we have to work on.

“Sometimes we always look for the pretty play rather than getting pucks on net and firing rebounds home.

“Chaumont has three powerplay goals so far but they were not from set plays, they were tap in rebounds so these guys need to start getting rubber on net.”