Flyers coach calls for consistency

Flyers players celebrate a goal against Hull on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn
Flyers players celebrate a goal against Hull on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn

Fife Flyers coach Todd Dutiaume will ask his unpredictable side to show more consistency after they followed five successive defeats with a four-point weekend.

Flyers climbed off the bottom of the Elite League table with a shock 7-4 win in Coventry on Sunday night, a day after the nervy 4-3 penalty shoot-out home win over Hull.

It was Flyers second four-point weekend of the season, following on from the stunning back-to-back wins in Sheffield and Cardiff in October.

Flyers went on to lose eight of their next 10 matches, but Dutiaume is hoping this time can prove to be a turning point.

“We’re blowing hot and cold but I believe this team will find its level of consistency,” he said.

“We’ve won in some tough buildings this season and we’ve also beaten Nottingham at home.

“That proves the team is capable of good performances - we just have to turn it on more consistently.”

The weekend wins have helped ease some pressure on the side and Dutiaume hopes more positive results will restore faith among the fans.

“We’re need our biggest asset - our fans - on our side,” he said. “The atmosphere was back in the building after Saturday’s win and if we can keep that momentum going, it will be of huge benefit to this club.

“The weekend was a huge pressure release and, while pressure can be good to have, constant negativity can start to wear people down.

“We have some hard workers in here and it was good to see them get some rewards.”

Flyers travel to Northern Ireland tomorrow (Friday) to face Belfast Giants in a match that counts towards both Challenge Cup and League points.

A victory would result in Flyers finishing second in their Challenge Cup group and would see them face Sheffield Steelers in the quarter-finals, whereas defeat would see them drawn against Cardiff Devils.

Dutiaume added: “We’ll take whoever we get in the cup, but the most important thing is the two league points up for grabs.

“Belfast are top of the table and won’t want to drop anything, but we’re looking to get into a position that’s more respectable, and to where we thought we’d be around Christmas time.

“It’s a big month for us, and we want to make sure we turn up every night.”

Flyers welcome Braehead Clan to Fife Ice Arena on Saturday night for a match that will be screened live on Premier Sports. Face-off has been moved back 15 minutes to 7.00 p.m. in order to comply with TV schedules.

“There’s an extra hype about the match,” Dutiaume said. “This a chance for the guys to showcase their talents and we’ll be looking for a big performance against one of the best teams in the league at the moment.”