Flyers look for Clan weekend to be season’s turning point

Danny Stewart in action during Fife Flyers 5-1 home defeat to Belfast Giants on Sunday. Pic: Steve Gunn
Danny Stewart in action during Fife Flyers 5-1 home defeat to Belfast Giants on Sunday. Pic: Steve Gunn

Fife Flyers coach Danny Stewart has urged the players to turn their season around this weekend.

Flyers record in competitive matches this season reads eight wins and 11 defeats - inconsistent at best.

However, associate coach Stewart believes that back-to-back wins over conference rivals Braehead Clan could kick-start the campaign.

“We’ve made it clear to the guys that this is a pivotal weekend,” Stewart said.

“At the end of the year we can look back and pinpoint a weekend when we turned a corner. Two wins over Braehead this weekend could be a turning point for us.”

Flyers last two weekends have resulted in a win on Saturday, followed by a defeat on Sunday.

The coaching staff have responded by upping training this week in an attempt to address any issues with players fitness.

“We’ve definitely dropped off a bit the last few Sundays compared to the Saturday,” Stewart said. “We’ve upped our conditioning side of training, and thrown in an extra spin class as well.

“It’s a pretty hard work-out so we’re hoping it helps us get a full weekend out of the guys.

“We can’t continue to have one good game and one bad game. We’ve emphasised to the guys the importance of consistency and we’re doing everything we can to try to find it.”

Flyers travel to Braehead Ice Arena on Saturday for a match that counts towards conference, league and Challenge Cup.

While Stewart is still hoepful of getting more out of Flyers current squad, he admitted that both he and head coach Todd Dutiaume are on the hunt for replacements.

“Dutes and I are not sitting happy at all and we’ve targeted some areas where we need to improve,” he said.

“We’re constantly out there looking to see what’s available, and if someone comes up who will improve the team, then no question we’ll make a move.

“Were having difficulty scoring and we’d love a top end goalscorer to come in, but these players don’t grow on trees.

“If a guy we want is available it will come down to budget and timing, but we’ll continue to look for ways to improve the team.”

Flyers are hopeful that Andy Contois will be fit enough to return to the line-up this weekend, but Chris Wands, Justin Dacosta and Kyle Horne are all doubtful.

Dutiaume meanwhile had surgery on Wednesday to remove metal pins from his knee as he continues his recovery from a broken kneecap.