Some games have you on the edge of your seat. This wasn’t one of them.
For Fife Flyers was a comfortable two points and a 4-1 victory over a poor Edinburgh Capitals outfit, but beyond the scoreline there was little to enthuse the crowd. This was a Bonfire Night derby that was about as exciting as a firework that fails to explode.
If the EIHL had an award for ‘Dullest Game of the Year’’ this would be a prime contender.
Pace, flair, momentum, excitement - you were hard pushed to detect any of those qualities which give hockey games their edge.
Instead you got a Fife side that won without ever getting into its stride, against a Caps team that has gone 14 games without a sniff of a result. On this form ti really is hard to see where that big W is going to come from.
They’re an awkward bunch to play against. In recent seasons Caps have punched above their weight and put together a run of results including some impressive scalps - but it’s difficult to see them doing that with the current personnel. It’s only November and they looked one tired, short benched hockey club; one in desperate need of some firepower and on-ice leadership not to mention an injection of confidence.
Against a Fife side with a couple of passengers they never looked like making serious inroads after losing the opening period 2-0.
Most of the early chances fell to Flyers before Bobby Chaumont got the opener at 13:30 with Kyle Haines making it 2-0 on the powerplay at 18:23 - Matt Nickerson’s screen was the size of a brick wall, Caps had no way of shifting the big man from the front of the net, and Hiadlovsky didn’t stand a chance when Haines let rip from the blue line.
Daniel Naslund, Caps’ MoM, converted at the back post for 2-1 eight minutes into the second period, but there was no real, sustained comeback. Indeed the entire period was a complete non-event.
The third really wasn’t much better, but the fans got to cheer two goals.
Flyers’ third at 41:05 was a cracker and underlined how Caps had no answer to the slick movement of the second line as Matt Reber played the puck off the boards and took off down the right. He threw a great pass to the back post where Ned Lukacevic had an air shot but still prompted Hiadlovksy to move, and as he did, Chris Auger simply hit the empty net from the left wing boards.
The goalie’s night was then compounded when he was left bamboozled by a bounce off the backboiards and was nowhere even close to his net, leaving Jordan Fulton with a simple tap in.
For head coach Todd Dutiaume, the result was welcome, the points even more so, but he admitted: ‘‘We wanted early goals to get the whole bench out on the ice, but it didn’t work out that way. We needed some lucky bounces to win the game, but it’s a results business.’’
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