Scottish ice hockey: Fife Flyers on a high after Edinburgh double

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

Fife Flyers' head coach Todd Dutiaume hailed netminder Kevin Regan as "the best in the league" after two more top displays.

The Kirkcaldy goalie has conceded only three goals in his last four games as Fife have picked up five victories in their last six.

While Dutiaume knows he can rely on his man, he does admit the defence could help him more.

"We're in a good situation where we can rely on 'Reegs' and for me, Kevin's been the best goaltender in the league," he said.

"I don't like to see him exposed as he has been by the defence, but he does the business for us and has been our best player so far.

"We've now picked up 11 points out of a possible 12 from the last three weekends and that's the most pleasing thing for us."

The Flyers kept their great run going with two wins over Edinburgh Capitals, who are having trouble finishing in front of goal.

Fife started with a 5-1 win at home on Saturday, with Matt Nickerson's goal late in the first period getting things going.

Bobby Chaumont, Jordan Fulton and Josh Scoon all scored to open a four-goal lead.

Rene Jarolin clawed one back for the Caps, but Scott Fleming finished the rout.

At Murrayfield 24 hours later, Jade Portwood netted for Edinburgh and it looked like they would hang on as Flyers failed to find their killer touch.

Chaumont's late equaliser took the game into overtime then penalty shots, where he kicked things off with what proved to be the winning penalty.

Regan earned his pay in the shoot-out, saving from Portwood, Dennis Rix then Greg Collins to clinch victory.

The weekend left Edinburgh coach Richard Hartmann feeling deflated as his team performed well but could not deliver the points.

"We were unlucky over both games, where we created plenty of chances," he said.

"We had many opportunities to score and I think we've played two solid games and should have got more than we did.

"The chances are being created, so I don't think we need to change the lines or the systems."

Dundee Stars and Braehead Clan faced each other on Saturday, with the visitors coming through a stern test to win 7-4 on Tayside.

Scott Pitt's hat-trick and a double from Stefan Meyer helped to give Ryan Finnerty's men a big win.

They had to overcome the losses of Ryan Kavanagh through injury and Matt Keith, ejected from the game after an incident with Dundee's Brad Plumton.

But Braehead never looked in danger of losing the lead they had, although goals from Matt Ryan and Kevin Quick may have caused some slight worry.

However, Pitt's late empty net finish put paid to any hope Dundee had of nicking anything from the game.

Clan went to Coventry Blaze on Sunday, ending their eight-game away sequence in defeat, losing 3-2.

Braehead were trailing to first period goals from Jereme Tendler and Derek Lee but hit back with a goal from Derek Roehl.

Tendler restored Coventry's two-goal advantage before Roehl nabbed his second of the night early in the third but the Blaze hung on for the points.

As for Dundee Stars, they ended their weekend on a high, with a 5-2 over Hull Stingrays.

Hull saw a golden chance to go ahead when Zach Hervato was awarded a penalty shot, but Dundee goalie Marc Cheverie made the save to keep it blank.

Cory Tanaka saw his opener for Hull cancelled out by Brad Plumton, Bari McKenzie doing the same after Carl Lauzon scored, making it 2-2.

Dundee pulled clear in the final period when Chris Blight, John Dolan and Rob Ricci all netted to clinch the points for Jeff Hutchins' men.



Dundee Stars 7-4 Braehead Clan

Fife Flyers 5-1 Edinburgh Capitals


Coventry Blaze 3-2 Braehead Clan

Edinburgh Capitals 1-2 Fife Flyers (PS)

Hull Stingrays 2-5 Dundee Stars