Flyers look to sharpen up after Braehaed defeat

Todd Dutiaume
Todd Dutiaume

Fife Flyers coach Todd Dutiaume has backed his team to recover from the Braehead defeat by insisting the performance was not as bad as the result suggests.

Flyers lost 5-1 on home ice on Saturday to a Clan side who have been in Champions League action, but Dutiaume insisted that the main difference between the sides was individual mistakes.

“Going over the game tape and showing the guys we’d certainly want the first two goals back,” he said.

“That’s a game-breaker because for the first 10 minutes, and for big swathes of the game after that, we played with them.

“They are a team that is rolling well and that capitalised on our individual errors, something we didn’t make the week before at home to Coventry.

“We’ve been working on it extensively this week to cut down on those things. The talent level and speed of the league has picked up a notch and we’re seeing that individual mistakes will be punished.”

Despite the scoreline, Dutiaume was encouraged by the slender 29-25 shot count advantage in Clan’s favour.

“Look at the shot count - we were there,” he said.

“I don’t think we got enough bodies in front of and around the netminder, but we hit the post early, and he made a couple of good saves.

“We were there with them, but they were sharper and capitalised on mistakes.

“The big positive sign that I saw was that nobody shut up shop. Everyone kept going until the final whistle, and we didn’t allow them to get a shut-out in our building.

“We had guys working hard to the end, rather than guys giving up in front of Browny, when we might’ve ended up with an 8-1 scoreline.”

Dutiaume has used training this week to “sharpen up” on a few areas ahead of this weekend’s Challenge Cup fixtures against Dundee Stars at home on Saturday, and Edinburgh Capitals away on Sunday.

“The guys know that these are our next door neighbours and that over the years the rivalry has been intense and there’s always a lot at stake,” Dutiaume said.

“Dundee have a returning player in Bobby Chaumont which ups the stakes for the fans, but for us it’s just the Dundee Stars, and it’s vital we get our Challenge Cup campaign going with a couple of big points.

“Edinburgh are a completely new look team and have done a little bit of damage already.

“By no means will this be points in the bag. We’ll have to come up with two of our big performances like we did at home against Coventry.”