Flyers boss happy – but not totally satisfied

Todd Dutiaume. Pics: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography
Todd Dutiaume. Pics: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography

FIFE Flyers player-coach Todd Dutiaume was not totally satisfied despite his side’s penalty shots win over Hull Stingrays on Saturday night.

Flyers secured a nervy 3-2 win thanks to Jason Pitton’s shoot-out winner, but while happy with the two points, Dutiaume was frustrated that Hull claimed one.

“I didn’t want to leak a point to Hull but I have to give them credit - that’s the best they’ve played against us,” he said.

“They were jumping on loose pucks quick all night, and their defence was pretty solid.

“We played a good hockey team and we had a chance to lose that game. When you go into a shoot-out anything can happen.

“I’m delighted to win, but we made some silly mistakes, and we had a few passengers early on.

“Some guys were going in soft with sticks, and I had angry words after the second period.

“However, Hull deserved their point, we got two, so all in all it was a good result for us.”

Hull led at the end of the first period through a Dominic Osman goal in the 11th minute.

Flyers levelled on the powerplay in period two, Kris Hogg grabbing his 12th goal of the season on 25.05.

Steven McAlpine blasted Flyers into the lead six minutes later before Jereme Tendler made it 2-2 a minute before the second intermission.

A goalless third period and overtime followed and after Jason Pitton netted Flyers’ opening penalty shot, brother Bryan saved all three Hull attempts to seal the win.

Dutiaume added: “We practice shoot-outs during the week so I was feeling confident.

“We had great confidence in Bryan stopping the puck, and Jason scoring the first one took some of the pressure off.

“We were the only team in our conference to win on Saturday, so it was a big win.”