Fife Flyers beat Edinburgh after big loss to Braehead Clan

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

Ned Lukacevic revealed the mood in Fife Flyers' dressing room was really low after Saturday's trouncing by Braehead Clan - but felt better after Sunday.

The Flyers were left stunned after going down 8-2 to their Glasgow rivals, but a fantastic response helped them defeat Edinburgh Capitals on penalty shots - their first win in eight.

Lukacevic scored the decisive penalty shot, but was disappointed the game was not settled sooner as the Flyers made the best of an otherwise poor weekend.

"If you were to go scuba diving at the bottom of the ocean, you would have found us there," said the Flyers forward.

"We've been lacking confidence recently, but a win like this is a step in the right direction. That said, we should have saw it out with a two-goal lead in the final minutes.

"That was a big win for our club. While it was disappointing we had to claw it out in overtime, it's a big two points for us."

There was a huge sense of relief around the Flyers on Sunday night, but they had to get through their worst result of the season so far to get there.

Doubles from Neil Trimm and Matt Keith played a big part as Braehead Clan stormed to an 8-2 win in Kirkcaldy on Saturday.

Matt Haywood, Derek Roehl, Chris Frank and Stefan Meyer were also on target for Ryan Finnerty's side, with Jamie Milam scoring nothing more than consolations for Fife.

However, the Flyers burst out of the traps at Edinburgh Capitals on Sunday as two from Bobby Chaumont and one apiece from Matt Reber and Lukacevic put them 4-0 up.

Riley Emmerson and Rene Jarolin got the Caps to within two, but Scott Fleming put Fife 5-2 up until Marcel Petran smashed home a third for the Murrayfield men.

Caps kept the pressure on and further goals from Jade Portwood and Petran tied the game at 5-5 to take it to overtime then penalty shots, during which Lukacevic scored the decider.

Edinburgh took a point and it followed the other two they picked up on Saturday, coming from two goals down to beat Coventry Blaze 3-2, again at home.

Steven Goertzen had Blaze ahead in the first period with Ryan O'Marra adding a second for the visitors in the second period.

Jordan Steel got the fight-back underway not long after, with Dennis Rix levelling the game up then Portwood sinking the winner late on to clinch the two points.

Capitals coach Richard Hartmann joked his team are putting years on him after coming from behind in both games, but remains pleased at his side's efforts.

Hartmann said: "The guys are giving me a heart attack and I'm getting more grey hair. Fife were destroying us for most of the game on Sunday and we had to come from behind on Saturday.

"We have stuck together in recent weeks and there's a unity about what we do and how we do it.

"For too long, there were too many individuals wanting to do their own thing and that's not how it works. We're performing well and getting three points from four is great."

Braehead did something similar to Edinburgh on Sunday as they plundered a point from Cardiff Devils despite losing 6-5 in overtime after being 4-0 down at one stage.

In a fiery encounter, two from Matthew Myers and single strikes from Brent Walton and Josh Batch put the Welsh side four up without reply.

Meyer and Ben Davies struck back for Clan followed by Andrew Hotham adding a fifth for Cardiff.

But Scott Pitt's brace along with one from Trimm tied the game at five apiece until Hotham found the target in the extra period to inflict defeat on the Glasgow side.

Dundee Stars got a much needed win, taking Hull Stingrays to overtime on Sunday and eventually prevailing 2-1.

Timo Kuuluvainen got the breakthrough for the Stars, but it was cancelled out by Carl Lauzon before Shane Lust scored the decisive winner in the extra session.



Edinburgh Capitals 3-2 Coventry Blaze

Fife Flyers 2-8 Braehead Clan


Cardiff Devils 6-5 Braehead Clan (OT)

Dundee Stars 2-1 Hull Stingrays (OT)

Edinburgh Capitals 5-6 Fife Flyers (PS)

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