Edinburgh Capitals derail local rivals Fife Flyers

By Craig AndersonFor BBC Scotland
Ice hockey

Fife Flyers saw their bubble burst in spectacular fashion as Edinburgh Capitals inflicted an unlikely 5-2 defeat of their local rivals.

After beating Elite League favourites Sheffield Steelers 4-2 on Saturday, the Flyers were huge favourites to take two points from Murrayfield, but the fans were left stunned at the outcome.

Rene Jarolin opened the scoring on six minutes, taking Michal Dobron's pass and firing diagonally across Flyers keeper Bryan Pitton and into the net with the team short-handed.

The Capitals' hero then added his second of the night, finishing Richard Hartmann's pass to put the home side 2-0 up.

Marcis Zembergs put the Caps in dreamland as he took on an assist from netminder Tomas Hiadlovsky and buried his chance past Pitton just before the first break.

Fife improved and started to adjust to Edinburgh's style of play, but a breakaway saw Joel Gautschi feed Jordan Steel, who struck to make it 4-0 in the second period.

The Flyers rallied in the final period and the pressure on Hiadlovsky was relentless as Todd Dutiaume's men tried to get themselves back into the game.

Casey Haines gave them slim hope when he danced past two Caps defenders to smash an unstoppable shot past the helpless Edinburgh goalie to pull one back.

Then an exquisite wrist shot from Danny Stewart reduced the deficit to two just as it seemed they might get something from the game.

Pitton was pulled as the Flyers went for it, but Jarolin completed his hat-trick as he fired into an empty net and completed the 5-2 scoreline.

Edinburgh Capitals player/coach Richard Hartmann: "We were so poor losing to Braehead on Saturday, so I can't say in a microphone what I told the players after that.

"We learned from that and came out a different team. The finishing in front of goal was much better and everyone played hard and did their jobs well. We are very happy."

Fife Flyers player/coach Todd Dutiaume: "The Capitals played an Eastern European style of hockey, which a lot of our guys have never experienced so it was tough for them.

"We had a big win against Sheffield on Saturday and were looking to win this to make it a great weekend. We didn't this time, but it's still a good weekend regardless."

Friday 12 October:

Braehead Clan 5-2 Dundee Stars

Saturday 13October:

Braehead Clan 6-3 Edinburgh Capitals

Fife Flyers 4-2 Sheffield Steelers

Sunday 14 October:

Dundee Stars 2-1 Hull Stingrays (ASO)

Edinburgh Capitals 5-2 Fife Flyers