Flyers get their goalie back for key games

Kevin Regan will return for Fife Flyers this weekend. Pic: Steve Gunn
Kevin Regan will return for Fife Flyers this weekend. Pic: Steve Gunn

Fife Flyers will welcome netminder Kevin Regan back from injury ahead of a challenging run of three big games in four days.

Flyers travel to Braehead Ice Arena on Saturday to face a Clan side that has won eight of its nine home games so far this season.

On Sunday, bogey-side Sheffield Steelers visit Fife Ice Arena looking for a sixth straight win over the men from Kirkcaldy.

Then on Tuesday, current EIHL leaders Nottingham Panthers are in town for the first leg of the Challenge Cup quarter-final.

Flyers head coach Todd Dutiaume is delighted to have his number one netminder back for such a crucial stretch of games.

“Kevin has been cleared to take part in full training and he’s feeling good,” Dutiaume told the Press.

“This is a crucial week for us so having Kevin back in the line-up is absolutely crucial.

“We strongly believe that we have the best goaltender in the league - now we just need to perform in front of him.”

Blair Daly has returned to light training but is not yet ready to resume playing so last week’s stand-in Jack Astedt will provide back-up to Regan this weekend.

“Jack did a great job for us against Belfast and we’re delighted that management have given us the green light to to keep Jack in the line-up this weekend,” Dutiaume said.

Dutiaume is expecting three difficult matches starting with the heated rivalry against Braehead as the first and second placed teams in the Gardiner Conference go head-to-head.

“Braehead’s home record speaks for itself and we have had some difficulty there over the years,” Dutiaume said.

“But it’s a crucial conference match and it’s two points we’ll most certainly be going for.

“There’s three big games coming up but we’ll take them all one at at time.”

It’s a change of pace for Flyers after two one-game weekends.

“In hindsight the timing couldn’t have been any better,” Dutiaume said.

“Those one-game weekends gave us the chance to get the line up back to full health which is crucial for us given we run a little short.

“It’s been a chance to rest, now guys know we’re getting down to the business end of the season.

“This will be a busy month and a tough schedule.”