Flyers pretty in pink but looking for payback win

Todd Dutiaume and youngsters at the midweek hockey school show off the special pink kit.
Todd Dutiaume and youngsters at the midweek hockey school show off the special pink kit.

Fife Flyers face another weekend of scheduling with a difference.

After their triple header last weekend, they now have games on Friday and Sunday - giving the players a rare Saturday night off.

Flyers host Coventry Blaze on Friday, with an appeal to fans to wear pink as part of a major fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

And on Sunday they cross the Tay to face struggling rivals, Dundee Stars.

With a full squad at his disposal, Todd Dutiaume head coach, is looking forward to sweeping up vital league points.

And he is looking for a first Blaze scalp after two losses to the Midlanders.

‘‘There’s a bit of payback there,’’ he said. ‘‘We lost two heartbreakers to them and the guys feel they left a bit out on the ice, so we want to right that this weekend.’’

Blaze are tough opponents - ‘‘a hard working hockey club’’ said Dutiaume - but their match-ups with Fife have been close in recent years.

Sunday will see Fife start as favourites against a Stars’s die that has yet to catch fire, but Dutiaume is taking nothing for granted against Jeff Hutchins’ team.

“In their building you cannot slip up - they will punish you if you do,” he said. “I know expectations were raised after they won the division last season, but that’s not our concern - our aim is to go there and play our game.”

Dutiaume plans to bring his team together during Saturday before letting them relax for the night as the scheduling foibles kick-in.

The night off is perhaps a reward for playing three games in three nights against two high calibre teams.

‘‘When you play three in three you get on a roll and that gets you through the tiredness,’’ he said. ‘‘There is no doubt the stoppages in Sunday’s game when the plexi popped out hurt us - you sit back and start to think about the fatigue, and it’s hard to get going again.

‘‘We had Panthers hemmed in and pulled our goalie but we didn’t look as threatening as we can - and a team like Nottingham you have to be sharp at all times.’’

Friday’s home game is a fundraiser to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and fans are asked to wear something pink.

The team will play in one-off pink tops which will be auctioned off after the final buzzer.

There is also a raffle.