Supervisor to visit Fife after Flyers ref complaint

Flyers Jordan Fulton in the middle of a melee against Panthers
Flyers Jordan Fulton in the middle of a melee against Panthers

An Elite League supervisor will visit Fife Ice Arena this Saturday after Fife Flyers made a complaint about last week’s refereeing performance.

Flyers were condemned to a penalty shoot-out defeat to Nottingham Panthers on Saturday after referee Rab Cowan failed to award a goal when Justin DaCosta’s effort crossed the line.

Dutiaume has sent the game tape to the EIHL’s head of referees, Moray Hanson, who will visit the rink this Saturday to take in Flyers match against Coventry Blaze.

“The league has seen the clips and I’ve made my displeasure known,” Dutiaume told the Press.

“There will be a league official in Fife for Saturday’s game - and that’s what we want.

“Most leagues have someone in the stand monitoring officials and making sure they are up to scratch. It keeps everyone accountable.”

Flyers have kept the disciplinary chief busy this week by also requesting further action following two incidents at the weekend.

Nottingham’s Brent Henley was assessed a five plus game misconduct for punching Jordan Fulton on Saturday night but this was upgraded to a match penalty for excessive roughness after review, resulting in a one-game ban.

While in Coventry on Sunday evening, Kevin Harvey was assessed a 2+10 checking to the head penalty in an incident that left Jamie Wilson suffering from concussion.

Flyers again requested further action, and after reviewing video evidence, the league hammered Harvey with a four game ban.

Dutiaume explained: “Hockey is a tough game and we don’t want to be seen as crying about every little incident.

“But we can’t have guys taking liberties because that can be a dangerous thing in hockey. Fights happen and are part of the game, but guys getting cold-clocked in the jaw is something entirely different.”

Flyers will be without Matt Nickerson this Saturday, who serves the last match of his suspension, while Tim Hartung and Jamie Wilson are also doubtful.

“At every point in season teams have to go through injuries and suspensions,” Dutiaume said. “Hopefully we’re getting ours out of the way right now.

“Guys get hurt all year we just have to make sure we manage it properly and keep an eye on things.”

With Dutiaume himself no closer to a playing return, the club is looking to bring in an extra import player as cover.

“We’ve been in talks with a player but nothing is completed yet,” Dutiaume said.

“Hopefully something can transpire quickly because we can certainly use the cover now.”