Fife Flyers’ season ends at Sunday lunchtime with the third-fourth place play-off at the EIHL finals weekend.
They take on Braehead Clan at midday - but it’s very much the support act to the showcase final between Belfast Giants and Sheffield Steelers.
Hopes of one Scottish side making the final - possibly two - were dashed by the narrowest of margins yesterday, Flyers losing 1-0 to champions Giants after a thrilling hockey game in front of a near capacity crowd, and Clan edged out by Steelers in a feisty affair that saw two players thrown out before the first buzzer.
Head coach Todd Dutiaume wants his guys to enjoy the chance to lace up their skates on last time as a team before going their separate ways for summer.
‘‘We were all secretly hoping for a Scottish success down here - that would have put us in the spotlight,’’ he said.
However the third place game ends, the result won’t remove the shine from a sparkling finale to the club’s 75th anniversary season.
‘‘In our first year it was a tough learning curve,’’ he said. ‘‘Year two we made the quarter-finals, and this year the semi-finals. Expectations will be higher again next season so this is a valuable experience for us.’’