Full houses as Flyers target place in finals

Flyers head coach Todd Dutiaume on the bench and at the helm of the play-off push. Pic: Steve Gunn
Flyers head coach Todd Dutiaume on the bench and at the helm of the play-off push. Pic: Steve Gunn

Another two capacity crowds are expected this weekend as Fife Flyers and Dundee Stars lock horns in a titanic battle to reach the Elite League play-off finals.

Flyers secured their play-off place with back-to-back wins over Braehead Clan last weekend in front of two of the biggest attendances Scottish ice hockey has ever seen.

Sunday’s stunning home crowd of 3525 - which narrowly pipped the 3510 at Braehead the previous night - is believed to Flyers biggest turn-out since the heyday of the Plumb Line in 1984-85 when tickets had to be bought in midweek to secure a place on match night.

Two further sell-outs are expected for this weekend’s play-off quarter final with tickets going fast for the first leg in Kirkcaldy on Saturday and the second leg in Dundee on Sunday.

Flyers head coach Todd Dutiaume is delighted to see such huge interest in the sport, saying: “To have crowds like that in Kirkcaldy, Braehead and Dundee just says good things about Scottish hockey right now.”

Flyers go into the play-offs as the form team in the EIHL with 14 wins from their last 20 games bringing them back from the brink of elimination.

Dundee have already lifted silverware by winning the Gardiner Conference, while they also secured a third place finish in the overall standings.

Dutiaume said: “The key is maintaining our composure and focus for 120 minutes.

“We struggled against Dundee earlier in the year and they got a pyschological edge over us, but we’ve won the last three games against them so now the edge is with us.

“We’ll definitely have to crank things up a notch or two, but we’re playing some of the best hockey we have all year, so we don’t want to alter too much.

“It’s great that a Scottish club is going to the final in Nottingham, but I’d like it to be us. We have to be confident.”