Rock solid 5-1 win for Fife Flyers

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A 5-1 win on the back of a 5-0 shut out and both against close play-off rivals - that’s the sort of form Fife Flyers need right now to keep possession of sixth spot in the EIHL.

Their robust dismantling of Edinburgh Capitals tonight was a joy to watch.

Straight from the off, they skated with pace, forced countless errors from the visiting defence, probed and tested round the net of Tomas Hiadlovsky, and held control pretty much all night long.

They won the individual battles across the ice pad, and had an intent about them which underlined these points were simply not open to challenge.

Jordan Fulton typified Flyers’ performance as he tormented, hassled, chased, checked and chirped all night long.

He was even under the skin of Hiadlovsky in the warm-up - he openly admitted the game plan was to knock the goalie off his stride as quickly as possible - and Caps really struggled to contain him, and when they did, Matt Reber and Ned Lukacevic simply roared into view.

If that line sparkled, then defensively Fife were rock solid.

There was a good no-nonsense approach from guys like Chris Wands and Nico Suoraniemi who delivered arguably his best 60 minutes in a Fife jersey.

Nico got the opener too - a deliciously struck shot from the left wing which flew past Hiadlovsky with just 1:14 on the clock.

Fulton made it 2-0 at 5:23 as Fife completely bossed Caps to the point that when the Edinburgh side killed off a minor penalty they still felt under the cosh for several minutes as Flyers retained possession and went for goal.

But at 2-0 they weren’t out of things.

Richard Hartmann’s team has shown a remarkable ability to come off the ropes, ignited by a single goal, and it took Flyers until the 37th minute to get the insurance third through Chris Auger. The look of relief as he raised his eyes to the roof perhaps said it all.

Flyers’ fourth at 4:11 probably summed it up.

Hiadlovsky had a cheeky slap at Fulton as the player slid in at the back post, Fife recycled the puck, and teed up Kyle Haines who drilled home with ruthless efficiency. Fulton didn’t miss the opportunity either to rub it into the goalie!

A Dennis Rix powerplay rebound broke Kevin Regan’s shut out in the 50th minute, but the final word when to the unstoppable Matt Reber fired home from wide on the right.

Todd Dutiaume, head coach, was more than delighted with the win - and the performance.

‘‘We were pretty solid all round,’’ he said. ‘Perhaps a bit lax in the second, but it was good to see a 5-1 in on the back of a 5-0 home win. Guys seem to be peaking at the right time.

‘‘Hull also lost tonight so it was good to get some distance. They do have games in hand but we have the points - and we are playing some good hockey.’’

Sunday takes Fife Flyers west to meet Braehead Clan.