Fife Flyers associate coach Danny Stewart has hit out at the timing of the bans issued to two key players.
Thomas Muir and Jordan Fulton were both hit with suspensions from the Department of Player Safety over the weekend.
Muir was handed three games for a check to the head on Dundee Stars captain Chris Blight the previous weekend. However the club were not notified until Friday, five days later.
Fulton was then given a two-game sentence for a cross-check on Dundee’s Ryan Grimshaw on Saturday, which Flyers discovered as the team bus was pulling into Hull Arena car park on Sunday.
“It’s a tough job for the league to get everything right, but the timing was a little bit off,” Stewart told the Press. “However, it’s something we just have to deal with and work through.”
Flyers did not, however, have any grievances with the bans.
Stewart added: “Tommy’s was just a reaction play on his part and unfortunately he caught the guy on the wrong side. He’s happy to serve his time.
“Jordan knows his was a play he wouldn’t normally make, and shouldn’t have made. However, he’s an emotional guy who plays with an edge so these things can happen. We’ve accepted the two-game ban.”
Flyers will be without both players for the first half of this weekend’s home double-header.
The pair will miss Saturday’s encounter with Hull Stingrays, however, both will return for Sunday’s fixture against Edinburgh Capitals.
“Tommy is a key loss in our defence and Jordan is one of our more skilled guys so we need the others to step up in his abscence,” Stewart said.
“But even without these two we should be able to get the two points on Saturday.”
Stewart believes that four points are imperative this weekend as Flyers look to keep tabs on Gardiner Conference pacesetters Braehead Clan.
“We’re in desperate need of four points this weekend,” Stewart explained.
“If we want to compete for the conference title these are weekends we need to take full points from.
“Braehead have played more games but they’ve made a great start so every time we drop a point or two we know we’re falling further behind.”