Hogmanay win for Fife Flyers over oldest rivals

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Another Hockey Hogmanay. Another win for Fife Flyers with a 3-2 result. Another one-goal game.

Flyers clearly enjoy being first foots to their oldest rivals, as this was their fourth win in five visits on December 31.

Once again they took a huge support across the Forth for the afternoon face-off, and while the fans welcomed the win, they didn’t exactly get an edge of your seat game.

It was scrappy, error-ridden match - some of the passing was just atrocious - but one which delivered a worthy game-winning goal.

For Caps it was an eighth straight loss - that’s the sort of form that sends you sliding to the foot of the table - and for Fife it set them up for a big weekend of hockey against Braehead and Dundee.

Emerge from that with points and their season will be very much on course.

Todd Dutiaume, head coach, was happy with the win but knows that consistency is now key to progress.

‘‘This was a must win game for us,’’ he said. ‘‘We spoke about it in the room and the guys knew we had to get points otherwise we’re mired in eight to tenth - we need to be pinning the teams above us right now.

‘‘Edinburgh showed tonight just how they are so hard to beat on home ice. They threw everything at us. but Phil Paquet’s short handed goal beat them up a bit.

‘‘Caps were the better team in the second period so we gave the guys a kick up the backside and they did much better in the third.’’

Flyers opened the scoring through Pacquet’s strike at 12:05 as Fife killed off a five on three and then delivered shorthanded.

Caps drew level in 23 minutes with ten seconds remaining on what had been a fairly dull powerplay - the busy David Rutherford finding the net.

They then went ahead amid some debate. Ryan Dingle was clearly tripped off the puck in the neutral zone, but referee Hogarth made no call, Caps turned it round, and Brandon Coccimiglio rang the red light. The stripey was worth the blast he got from some unhappy Fife players.

It took another defenceman , Nicholas Rioux, to draw Fife level after 36 minutes - with bodies flying around the crease he snapped on to the puck and found a route past netminder Carson Chubak.

But in a game devoid of a sparkling playmaker or stand-out skater, Fife kept the best until last with a slick goal which was worthy of being the winner after 47 minutes..

Dingle was the architect, moving with intent on the right to feed Nico Sachetti on the back boards, and his pass back was swiftly turned home by Justin Fox.

The third period, much like the first and second, never really caught fire, and Fife seemed comfortable riding out a 3-2 win.

Tommy Muir took a silly roughing minor in the last two minutes to add more un-necessary pressure on the defence, allowing Caps to pull Chubak for a doe or die last stance.

Danny Stewart fired one long range shot just inches past the empty net before Kyle Haines dropped them and tangled with Rutherford in retaliation for a chap late hit on Fox on the plexi. Both got five for fighting.