Fife Flyers wrapped up a four-point weekend to make it a happy Hallowe’en for the hockey club.
Saturday’s 8-3 win over Hull was followed with a rock-solid 5-2 defeat of a short-benched Edinburgh Capitals side which scored first but never looked like taking this game.
Chris Auger was the star with a fine hat-trick but there were some great performances along the bench with the second line in particular tormenting Caps’ defence with some slick puck movement.
A crowd of 2100 enjoyed the derby win which was never in doubt from the moment they got back on level terms at 10:20.
They’d fallen behind at 4:07 as Daniel Naslund whipped a shot past Kevin Regan after Caps dug the puck from the back boards,
Fife upped the pace and enjoyed some good spells of pressure - they outshot Caps 13-3 in the opening period - and got back on level terms at 10:20 as Fulton surged forward and when the puck wasn’t fully covered up, Scott Fleming dug away to find the net.
Fourteeen seconds later it was 2-1 through Auger’s opening strike, and the momentum started to swing away from Caps.
Flyers could easily have added a couple more goals before the end of an opening period which saw Danny Stewart and Lukas Bohunicky take five minutes for fighting, but even at 2-1 they looked incredibly comfortable.
Their third at 35:03 was a thing of beauty as Kyle Horne fired the puck from the left boards to the right point where Lukacevic looked up and presented it on a plate for Auger sliding in at the back post. Three players, three touches, and nothing Caps could do to stop it.
It was all over when Auger’s hat-trick came on a 50th minute powerplay - another well worked goal - with Stewart rounding off a slick fifth in the last two minutes to cancel out Jarolin’s counter for Caps.
The result - and the weekend - delighted head coach Todd Dutiaume, who stayed behind the bench after icing in the win over Hull.
‘‘We outshot them heavily and got a good win - a great four-point weekend which the guys deserved,’’ he said.
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