Scottish ice hockey: Wins for Fife Flyers as Caps' decline continues
Todd Dutiaume says his comeback after 18 months out was more like a swansong as Fife Flyers recorded two wins and four points over the weekend.
The 41-year-old Flyers coach laced up his skates for Saturday's 8-3 demolition of Hull Stingrays and scored in the victory.
But his exertions came back to haunt him the following day, as he returned to the bench for the 5-2 win over Edinburgh Capitals.
"I'd been skating with the team all week and felt okay so I put in some shifts," said Dutiaume.
"Not playing for over a year and a half, I felt like I was 61 on Sunday morning!
"I was pleased with the outcome of both games. Overall, it was pretty key we got the performances and the results we needed to stay in touch with the top half of the league."
The return of Dutiaume was not the only memorable event of the night as Flyers crushed Stingrays.
Jordan Mayer and Cory Tanaka put Hull 2-0 up in the early stages, but Josh Scoon pulled one back for the Flyers late in the first period.
Bobby Chaumont, Matt Reber, Scott Fleming and Dutiaume made it 5-2 by the second interval with Tanaka scoring Stingrays' third.
But Flyers made it a good night's work as Ned Lukacevic, Reber and Danny Stewart completed the rout.
On Sunday, Fife went behind again, this time to Edinburgh Capitals who took the lead through Daniel Naslund, but Scott Fleming and Chris Auger fired the Flyers ahead.
Auger scored Fife's third and fourth to complete his hat-trick until Edinburgh found the net again, this time through Rene Jarolin, but Stewart's late finish made it a good weekend.
The loss was Edinburgh's 13th defeat in a row, just 24 hours after Sheffield Steelers delivered a 10-2 drubbing at Murrayfield.
Robert Dowd put the Steelers ahead, with Riley Emmerson equalising for the Caps, with Jay Latulippe restoring Sheffield's lead shortly afterwards.
Matthieu Roy made it 3-1 for the visitors, but Jarolin clawed one back for the home team. However Mike Forney added another for the Yorkshire side.
But seven goals in the third period for Steelers crushed the Capitals as their terrible run of form continues.
The Steelers were undone by Dundee Stars on Sunday in Tayside, the Stars winning their first game in nine.
Martin Cingel and John Dolan put the hosts two up, but Roy pulled the Steelers level with two of his own until Igor Gongalsky and Jeff Hutchins reopened the two-goal lead to seal victory.
It was a great recovery from the Stars after they were blanked by Braehead Clan but for the Glasgow side it was a sobering weekend, beaten twice in three games.
They started at Belfast Giants on Friday, but Colin Shields opened the scoring before Craig Peacock netted twice on either side of one from Kevin Saurette to take the points.
Stefan Meyer gave the travelling fans something to cheer about with a late consolation.
Clan recovered with a comfortable 3-0 win over Dundee on Saturday, Ben Davies, Matt Keith and Scott Pitt on target.
However, Braehead's hopes of retaining top spot in the Elite League were dented as they went down 6-2 in Hull.
Tanaka's double and one from Matt Davies had the Stingrays three up in the first period before Jordan Mayer and Dominic Osman made it five unanswered goals.
Leigh Salters pulled one back but a second from Mayer ended the brief comeback, with Zack Fitzgerald netting a consolation goal.
"It's been a long weekend for us, travelling to and from Northern Ireland, back to Glasgow then down to Hull in the space of three days," said Clan coach Ryan Finnerty.
"You're never happy to lose two out of three and it's tough, especially by our standards, but it's important we bounce back on Saturday and we'll work to get it right."
Belfast Giants 4-1 Braehead Clan
Braehead Clan 3-0 Dundee Stars
Edinburgh Capitals 2-10 Sheffield Steelers
Fife Flyers 8-3 Hull Stingrays
Dundee Stars 4-2 Sheffield Steelers
Fife Flyers 5-2 Edinburgh Capitals
Hull Stingrays 6-2 Braehead Clan