Up and down weekend on the ice for Scottish teams

By Craig AndersonBBC Scotland
Edinburgh beat west coast rivals Braehead at the weekend

Fife Flyers' coach Todd Dutiaume bemoaned his team's Jekyll and Hyde weekend after winning on Saturday, but losing heavily on Sunday.

The Kirkcaldy men gained bragging rights in beating rivals Dundee Stars 4-2 on Saturday only to end up thrashed 5-1 to Belfast Giants 24 hours later.

And while the Flyers' boss could see positives in the loss, he wants more from his team over a whole weekend.

"Belfast Giants are a good team and we found some progress, but we couldn't lift things after the first couple of goals," he said.

"We played well in the second period and found there was a good buzz on the bench. That's what we need over two games in a weekend.

"We simply cannot play one night then take the next night off and it's important we don't let our heads go down."

It was a great start to the weekend as the Flyers beat the Stars in a closely-fought match until the home side pulled away in the third period.

Nico Sacchetti and Nikita Kashirsky saw their goals for Dundee cancelled out by Steven Gunn and Danny Stewart, respectively, in the first two periods.

But Matt Reber's game-winner followed by an empty-netter by Jordan Fulton ensured a good night for the home side.

However, visiting Belfast Giants brought them back down to earth with a comfortable victory to sour what had been a decent weekend.

Kevin Saurette's double, along with single goals from Cody Brookwell, Dustin Whitecotton and Colin Shields killed off any Flyers hopes, despite Reber scoring a late consolation.

It was a return to form for table toppers Giants, who were stunned with a 5-3 loss at Edinburgh Capitals on Saturday, making it two wins in a row for them.

Jade Portwood, Tomas Horna and Peter Holecko cancelled out an Evan Cheverie hat-trick after two periods.

And player-coach Richard Hartmann struck twice in the third period to clinch two huge points for the Caps on a big night in Edinburgh.

Like Fife though, they couldn't repeat Saturday's win with another on Sunday as they went down 4-2 to Dundee Stars.

Horna had the Caps in front inside the opening four minutes, but the Stars recovered in the second period Jerry Pollastrone levelled followed by Sacchetti putting Dundee in front.

Pollastrone struck twice to clinch his hat-trick, with Marc Fowley adding a final consolation for Edinburgh at the end.

Caps captain Martin Cingel conceded big mistakes cost his team on Tayside, but can detect overall improvement in his team.

He said: "We're staying positive after the result and if I'm honest, we beat ourselves against Dundee. We made a couple of big mistakes and they capitalised.

"From our point of view, there are big signs of improvement with us and we're finally settling as a team. We'll definitely look to bounce back next week."

Braehead Clan also had an indifferent weekend as they down 3-2 to Hull Stingrays on Saturday, but edged Cardiff Devils 2-1 in Wales on Sunday.

Joe Cullen found the net on his debut for the Clan against Stingrays, however Hull went ahead through Carl Lauzon, Jereme Tendler and Sylvain Cloutier.

A consolation from Matt Haywood wasn't enough as Braehead's hopes of equalling a club record eight Elite League wins were crushed.

They started again with a tight win over second bottom Cardiff Devils as Matt Towe found the net early in the first period before Chris Frank weighed in with Clan's second.

But netminder Kyle Jones' hopes of a shutout were dashed when Mac Faulkner tucked the puck home, but it was nothing more than a consolation with as Clan came out on top.

Saturday's results

Elite League: Braehead Clan 2-3 Hull Stingrays

Elite League/Challenge Cup Group A: Edinburgh Capitals 5-3 Belfast Giants

Challenge Cup Group A: Fife Flyers 4-2 Dundee Stars

Sunday's results

Elite League: Cardiff Devils 1-2 Braehead Clan

Dundee Stars 4-2 Edinburgh Capitals

Challenge Cup Group A: Fife Flyers 1-5 Belfast Giants

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