Goal rush keeping Flyers in the chase

Derek Roehl celebrates his goal against Braehead Clan on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn
Derek Roehl celebrates his goal against Braehead Clan on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn

Fife Flyers head coach Todd Dutiaume believes the play-offs are well within reach now that his team has discovered its scoring touch.

Just a few weeks ago, Flyers were the lowest scorers in the EIHL, and had relied on Bobby Chaumont for more than a third of their goals.

Their play-off hopes seemed lost, but a run of five wins in six games – and 32 goals spread throughout the side – has painted a different complexion.

And after a stunning 13-goal, four-point weekend against Braehead and Hull, achieved without their top scorer, Dutiaume reckons Flyers have given themselves a genuine chance of catching the top eight.

“Sometimes when your top scorer is missing, other guys step up,” Dutiaume said.

“That’s what happened at the weekend, and I think the guys will continue to do that.

“Roehl has scored seven or eight in the last few weeks, while Fulton has got his confidence back.

“He’s always done the bullwork for us, but he’s now recognising that a goal or two a game is huge for us.

“We now have two, sometimes three lines scoring, and even our D are chipping in.

“It’s great to see because when you’re a one dimension team you get shut down easy.

“We’ve waited a long time for it, but the good thing is we still have a chance at the play-offs.

“We’ve got our backs against the wall but it’s a fine time to come into form.”

Flyers are still seven points behind in the play-off pursuit, but with four games in hand over Hull the Kirkcaldy side still have their destiny in their own hands.

“It would be a huge achievement if we could get there,” Dutiaume said.

“It will be tough - when you’re chasing it just takes one slip up and you can lose momentum.

“But we’re keeping the guys grounded and taking it just a game at a time. So far it seems to have worked out well.

“We’re coming into every game believing we can win.”

Flyers have an away double header this weekend with a short trip to Edinburgh on Saturday followed by a long bus journey to Cardiff, one of the teams they hope to catch, on Sunday.

“We’ve had success in Edinburgh, although it’s a difficult place to play,” Dutiaume said.

“We’ve also played well down in Cardiff but it will be tough because they’ve had a good run of form of late as well.

“They’ll be battling hard because they’re right on the edge of the top eight.

“If we can get another weekend like the one past then it really sets this team on a good course, and gives us every chance.”

Flyers return home to face Dundee Stars at Fife Ice Arena on Tuesday night, face-off 7.45 p.m.