Fife Flyers’ play-off hopes stayed alive with a key 3-1 win over a short benched Dundee Stars side at Fife Ice Arena tonight.
With little margin for error, Todd Dutaume’s side know every game has to produce points - and they delivered in an entertaining and sometimes tousy match.
Stars were minus a quartet of key imports but still took the lead inside 30 seconds through Bari McKenzie, and it took Fife a full 12 minutes to reply - Justin DaCosta weaving his way down the pad, shifting to the right in the Stars’ zone and then drilling a superb shot into the opposite corner of the net.
Flyers went ahead at 17:18 with Tom Muir’s exc ellent defensive work breaking up a Stars move and laying the foundations for a swift counter attack - Fulton and Chaumont sweeping down the ice with the latter firing the puck past netminder Bakala.
Stars lost Paul Swindlehurst on a ten-minute misconduct as the game got slightly heated, while Roehl was binned for diving.
Flyers outshot Stars 13-6 in the second and also third periods - 36-19 overall - but it took until the 48th minute before Ned Luckacevic delivered the killer third which sealed the win which the Fife side deserved.
The result and performance delighted head coach, Todd Dutiaume.
He said: ‘‘The guys have confidence, are playing well and coming together.
‘‘We know we need points every night and are coming into form right now - we are still gunning for the play-offs.’’
He pinpointed the games in hand over Hull and the fact the teams have to meet twice more as key to the post-season championships, but added: ‘‘We haven’t set a points target - not yet. Our philosophy is to win the games.‘‘