Flyers’ season goes down to the wire

Bobby Chaumont celebrates scoring against Dundee on Sunday with a delighted Justin DaCosta. Pic: Steve Gunn
Bobby Chaumont celebrates scoring against Dundee on Sunday with a delighted Justin DaCosta. Pic: Steve Gunn
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For the second year running, Fife Flyers entire season will come down to a dramatic final weekend.

The Kirkcaldy side are one of four clubs vying for the final three Elite League play-off positions still up for grabs - with one club set to miss out.

Flyers need to win their final two games, both against Braehead Clan, to guarantee their place and eliminate either Cardiff Devils, Hull Stingrays or Coventry Blaze from the mix - although one victory may be enough if others slip up.

Either way nothing will be decided until all of the team’s play their 52nd, and final, league game on Sunday.

Flyers are expected to take an army of fans across the M8 to Braehead Ice Arena on Saturday (7.00 p.m) before welcoming Clan to what is sure to be a packed and noisy Fife Ice Arena for the final game of the season on Sunday (6.30 p.m.).

For head coach Todd Dutiaume, the focus is simply on winning both games.

“There’s an amount of combinations that could happen, but we’re not going to go over the permutations,” he said.

“We’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing for the past six weeks, which is going out to win every game.

“We’ll go into Braehead looking to win the game to give ourselves every chance to seal it at home on Sunday.

“It’s going to come down to the last game no matter what but it’s vital we don’t overlook Saturday.

“We may have to win both, or we may need three points - who knows - but Saturday is absolutely crucial.

“We don’t want to rely on Sheffield doing us a favour - last time they went to Hull they lost 5-1.”

Flyers looked dead and buried at the end of January when a run of poor results left them cut adrift in the bottom two.

However, a stunning run of 11 wins from 15 games has put them on the brink of completing one of the club’s greatest ever comebacks.

“I thought we had to go on an amazing run - and we have,” Dutiaume added. “We’ve given ourselves a great shot.”