Third straight league defeat heaps more pressure on struggling Fife Flyers

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Fife Flyers’ worryingly poor start to the season continued with a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester Storm in Altrincham tonight.

A second period collapse saw them log their third defeat in three starts to the new league campaign – and they were also shut out for a second time.

They are now bottom of the league - and while it is still very early in the campaign, there is clear concern among fans over the team’s poor performances so far with just a handful of goals scored, and alarm bells ringing over its lack of competitiveness.

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So far, Flyers have been shut out 2-0 at Coventry and shot down 5-1 at Cardiff, and those results were mirrored in a equally poor Challenge Cup.

Curtis Hamilton opens the scoring for Manchester Storm against Fife FlyersCurtis Hamilton opens the scoring for Manchester Storm against Fife Flyers
Curtis Hamilton opens the scoring for Manchester Storm against Fife Flyers
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Flyers lost the opening period in Altrincham 1-0 with a sixth minute goal from Curtis Hamilton separating the sides.

Period two, however, saw the floodgates open.

Adam Brady made it 2-0 in the 24th minute and then, just minutes later, Finlay Ulrick mad it 3-0 before netminder Shane Owen saved Tyson Fawcett’s penalty shot.

Flyers were handed a powerplay at 30:58 when defenceman Linden Springer sat out a slashing minor, but conceded a short-handed goal to Jared Vanwarmer for 4-0.

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Storm added a fifth goal in the 50th minute – their second shot-handed counter of the night, Tyson Fawcett finding the net from close range

Flyers are back on home ice on Sunday for the return game against Storm.

The game has a 6:00pm face-off.

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