Flavell impresses despite defeat for Edinburgh Capitals

By Craig AndersonFor BBC Scotland
Ice hockey

Stand-in Edinburgh Capitals goalie James Flavell skated off with the man of the match award despite losing 4-1 to Braehead Clan.

The Billingham Stars netminder was drafted in following Tomas Hiadlovsky's ban and Craig Holland's knee injury.

And he impressed in his debut Elite League appearance, despite losing four goals to a vastly-improved Clan.

"The fact I won man of the match after a result like that is bittersweet certainly, but I'm appreciate that I received the award," Flavell said.

"I would have liked to have done better though.

"I enjoyed the experience of an Elite League game. I would have liked to have kept the goal tally down a bit, but that's what happens. It was a slow start, but we came back better."

The Capitals had won three of their last four home meetings against the Clan, but never looked like taking anything from this encounter.

Matt Hanson's excellent through pass put Brock McPherson through on the rookie keeper and he expertly flicked it past him to opening the scoring.

Then another breakaway saw Robert Farmer through on the Caps goal to deke Flavell and add a second.

The home team pulled one back before the end of the first period when Jaraj Senko bundled past Clan keeper Garrett Zemlak.

Edinburgh threatened at times, but never really looked clinical in the finish as Rene Jarolin and Richard Hartmann enjoyed particularly frustrating shifts.

But the game was put beyond them in the second period as Jade Galbraith set up Ash Goldie to increase the lead to two on the powerplay.

Then Bobby Chaumont led a breakaway in the third period and smashed the puck beyond Flavell to seal two league points for the visitors.

Capitals skipper Martin Cingel said: "We didn't match their players in the neutral zone and they got three breakaways and scored two goals from them.

"We keep making the same mistakes and hopefully the whole team will learn lessons from this. We have to take the positives from this game and move on."

Braehead's bench coach Frank Morris said: "I'm really pleased with the result, mostly with the fact that we only conceded one goal and defensively, we completely shut them down.

"We've been juggling the lines to try to find the right chemistry and I think we've finally found it. The whole thing is like a puzzle starting to come together at last."

Saturday 6 October:

Elite Ice Hockey League:

Edinburgh Capitals 1-4 Braehead Clan

Hull Stingrays 1-3 Dundee Stars

Sunday 7 October:

Dundee Stars 3-2 Edinburgh Capitals

Sheffield Steelers 7-3 Braehead Clan

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