Shut out tops big home win for Fife Flyers

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You can’t ask for more than a shut out on home ice - and when it comes at the expense of your key play-off challengers, then it’s all the sweeter.

Fife Flyers’ 5-0 whitewashing of Hull Stingrays was no more than they deserved, and it was a result that will go down very well in the dressing-room too.

On a night when results elsewhere didn’t do them any favours, Flyers kept their eye on sixth spot in the EIHL with an all-round solid performance; the very sort they need to gear up for the post-season competition.

It may have ended 5-0, but it was no walk in the park.

Stingrays had their chances and certainly tested netminder Kevin Regan on a number of occasions, particularly on the early powerplays where they looked dangerous - had they lit the lamp once then this game may have had a different outcome.

But credit to Flyers.

Their defensive work was spot on, their penalty killing team highly efficient - two five on threes were stonewalled - and that laid the foundations for the win.

The momentum started to shift in the middle period, and by the second break they were firmly in the driving seat with a very comfortable 3-0 lead.

While Regan stoned Stingrays’ forwards, Matt Reber simply tormented the defence.

They really had no idea how to halt him, and the more he roamed, the more dangerous Flyers became.

He was behind the breakthrough goal, a powerplay at 25:05, firing past netminder Brown as Jordan Fulton came sliding in to turn the puck home.

One minute later Reber struck again, flying down the boards and firing in what was probably more of a pass to the waiting Chaumont than a shot, but it still beat the netminder.

When Scott Fleming made it 3-0 at 37:17 it was pretty much game over - Reber’s second, and Flyers’ fourth, 1:25 into the third, put it beyond doubt. You could see the heart drain from Hull’s game.

Fleming added his second on the powerplay eight minutes from time, and Regan saw out his shut out.

He deserved it and the MoM award, although Reber was a a great shout too.

There were also strong performances from Jordan Fulton, Scott Fleming, and Jamie Milam - the defenceman really deserved a goal for his endeavours.

Tomorrow (Sunday) Flyers face a long road trip to Cardiff.