We’ve narrowed the gap to Giants

Fife Flyers player-coach Todd Dutiaume. Scottish Autumn Cup at Fife Ice Arena. Pic: Steve Gunn - shotbyagunn photography

Fife Flyers player-coach Todd Dutiaume. Scottish Autumn Cup at Fife Ice Arena. Pic: Steve Gunn - shotbyagunn photography

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FIFE Flyers coach Todd Dutiaume believes his team has narrowed the gap to Belfast Giants despite Sunday’s defeat.

Dutiaume was encouraged by Flyers performance as they ran the Elite League champions close before eventually going down 3-1 in a game that doubled as a challenge cup match.

“In the past we may have been happy to keep it close but the guys are disappointed,” he said.

“They feel they left some points out on the ice against arguably the best team in the league.

“That’s a top hockey club we played and we competed with them all night long.

“Belfast are in great shape and system-wise they are very sharp, whereas we’ve still got some things to work on.

“We know we have to improve, but this is where we’re going to learn it.”

The defeat was Flyers first at home this season but Dutiaume does not expect his team’s bubble to burst.

“The start we’ve had has set the bar incredibly high,” he said.

“We want to win every game we’re in - and I think we have the squad to do that.

“We’ve had a great run at it and I don’t see that ending.

“I see this club continuing to battle in all games.”