Fife Flyers need a high five to dispatch Devils

Todd Dutiaume, Fife Flyers head coach. Pic: Steve Gunn
Todd Dutiaume, Fife Flyers head coach. Pic: Steve Gunn

Fife Flyers need to hit the goal trail tonight to keep their Challenge Cup hopes alive.

They take on Cardiff Devils in their quarter-final second leg tie, aiming to turnaround a four-goal deficit.

It’s a huge test for a team that has struggled to find goals this season.

Other than two five-goal sprees against Edinburgh Capitals, Flyers matches have been closely contested affairs, but the forwards have to deliver tonight if the team is to wipe out the 7-3 first leg reversal and make the semi-finals.

Devils don’t have their problems to seek either after a tough weekend against Belfast Giants saw them swept side 7-2 and then 11-4.

They also have to contend with a long bus journey north to Kirkcaldy - factors which Flyers’ coach Todd Dutiuame believes his team must exploit.

Looking ahead to the game, he said: ‘‘It’s a big mountain to climb, but we go into the game with no pressure on us.

‘‘Cardiff are coming here and they are hurting right now. They have had a tough weekend and are not used to being so far down the league - and they have done a lot of travelling while our schedule has been lighter.

‘‘We need to stick to the style that is successful for us and make the most of the big ice pad in Kirkcaldy.’’

Chasing a five-goal win turnaround, Flyers need an early strike to unsettle their Welsh visitors, and keep the momentum going throughout the 60 minutes.

Reflecting on many great comebacks over the years, Dutiaume added: ’’If it can happen then it will happen in Fife’’

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