Flyers end Devils’ curse

Zach Carriveau scored his first goals for Fife Flyers in the 4-2 win over Cardiff. Pic: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography
Zach Carriveau scored his first goals for Fife Flyers in the 4-2 win over Cardiff. Pic: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography
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FIFE Flyers earned their first win over Cardiff Devils in over a decade with a 4-2 home win on Sunday night.

A double from Zach Carriveau - his first two goals for the club - and strikes from Casey Haines and Steven McAlpine put an end to the Devils’ curse.

However, the victory came at a cost as Canadian forward Kris Hogg limped out of the match with a potentially serious knee injury.

Player-coach Todd Dutiaume said: “We haven’t beaten Cardiff for years, so we’re absolutely delighted with another home win against a southern conference team.

“Those points will hopefully pay off come the end of the year when we’re looking for positions in the league.

“Our home form is good right now and we’re riding that wave. Having that positive mentality and belief in yourself goes a long way.

“We seem to lack that on the road, where we’ve let some points slip away.

“We need to find the answer because we don’t want to be looking back with any regrets.”

Dutiaume was delighted to see defenceman Carriveau end a long wait for his first goals for the club.

“We’ve been telling that kid to shoot the puck because when he does good things happen,” he said.

“He’s a young guy with a good career ahead of him, and hopefully this gives him that confidence to score more.

“He has the best shot we’ve seen for years here and if he continues to shoot the puck like that he’ll do some damage.

“It’s a hard shot and guys will get out of the way.”

Flyers victory over Cardiff came after a 6-3 defeat in Coventry the previous night.

Goals from Bobby Chaumont, Jason Pitton and Kris Hogg had the game tied at 3-3 early in the third period.

However, Flyers conceded three times in the final 15 minutes to fall to their 10th straight away loss.