Fife Flyers’ easy derby win over Caps

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For Fife Flyers the goal is simple - consistency - to make their target of the play-offs.

Sunday’s 9-3 demolition of Edinburgh Capitals on the back of a poor 5-1 capitulation in Braehead underlines there is still work to be done.

But ... as the crucial January programme beds in, Flyers remain sixth , two places and four points ahead of their Edinburgh rivals, and five clear of ninth placed Coventry, and all three have played the same number of games.

Hull Stingrays remain the gatekeepers - the team which could re-align the race. They sit in seventh, four points behind Fife but with four games in hand, and the sides have a string of head to heads coming up. Going forward, two point weekends may not be enough to stay one skate ahead of the challengers.

For Flyers, however, this one was much needed.

They were 7-0 up and cruising before Caps got on the board, and the final 9-3 score could easily have been in double figures.

There were shifts when Fife eased back - inevitable given the gap between the sides - and got away with it. This result was never in doubt after 14 minutes by which time they were 3-0 up and, almost, out of sight.

A handful of players plundered the stats as the red light was lit time after time after time - Reber, Fulton (2), Milam, Fleming, and Lukacevic all figuring on the scoresheet.

Dennis Rix ruined Kevin Regan’s shut out 1:32 into the third period, and Riley Emmerson got a second on the powerplay in the 48th minute, but Caps were already well beaten by that stage.

Flyers stepped back on the front foot with the industrious Reber - a worthy MoM - netting again, and Bobby Chaumont finally getting the goal he probably thought was going to evade him all night long!

Todd Dutiaume, head coach, admitted these were ‘‘two important points’’ and while he was happy with the result, he banged the drum for consistency throughout his post-game briefings.

‘’The game was lower paced after Braehead and we had time on the puck,’’ he said, ‘‘We were in control for the first period and a half and the game was really over by then, but we then turned over some pucks, and against a team such as Braehead we could have then been punished.’’

> Chris Auger will get an update on his injury when he meets Flyers’ medical team tomorrow (Monday)

> Defenceman Kyle Horne is out for 2-3 weeks through injury.