Ice Hockey: Caps coach wants to focus on the basics

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

Edinburgh Capitals coach Richard Hartmann wants his side to focus on doing the basics right after they suffered a fourth successive defeat.

The Murrayfield men lost 3-2 at home and 6-3 on the road against Hull Stingrays at the weekend as their recent fine form disappeared.

"I don't think we're firing on all cylinders just now and we can't quite find the way to win," Hartmann said.

"We have to go back to basics and start all over again.

"I don't think we're on a bad run, but we need to go back to where we were a couple of weeks ago, and the guys have to realise this is not the way to go.

"There weren't too many positives in the games against Hull, although I would say we battled hard against them, even if we didn't get the results."

The Capitals began their weekend on Humberside, where Zach Hervato's opener for the hosts was cancelled out by Kyle Flemington before Jordan Knox and Matt Davies gave the Stingrays a 3-1 lead.

Hartmann's late goal proved a mere consolation for the Caps.

Weekend results
Belfast Giants 6-1 Braehead ClanBraehead Clan 5-2 Belfast Giants
Fife Flyers 7-5 Dundee StarsDundee Stars 2-3 Fife Flyers
Hull Stingrays 3-2 Edinburgh CapitalsEdinburgh Capitals 3-6 Hull Stingrays

On Sunday in Edinburgh, Rene Jarolin gave the hosts the lead but goals from Jordan Mayer and Cory Tanaka sent Hull ahead, with Mayer adding a third.

Jade Portwood struck back for the Caps before Carl Lauzon made it 4-2 and Greg Collins hauled the home side to within one again.

Will Frederick and Mayer were on target, however, to ensure Hull took the points home.

Fife Flyers and Dundee Stars went head-to-head twice over the weekend with the latter still fighting a battle at the bottom of the Elite League table.

Their fortunes did not improve, as Fife won both games to take them to sixth in the table.

On Tayside on Saturday, Fife were 4-2 up after 20 minutes and Jordan Fulton added a fifth before Jeff Hutchins clawed one back.

Scott Fleming made it 6-3, but Stars threatened a comeback through goals from Chris Blight and Sean Ringrose before Fleming handed Fife a 7-5 victory.

Fife were 3-0 up on Sunday thanks to Fulton's double and a Danny Stewart strike, with Dundee replying through Blight and Ringrose.

Braehead Clan had a mixed weekend, losing 6-1 at Belfast Giants only to gain revenge in Glasgow with a 5-2 victory.

Goals from Craig Peacock, Adam Keefe and Darryl Lloyd gave hosts Belfast a 3-0 lead on Saturday before Leigh Salters pulled one back.

Lloyd then added his second with Mike Kompon and Kevin Westgarth completing the rout in the final period.

On Sunday, Braehead opened up a three-goal lead through Lee Esders, Tristan Harper and Matt Keith before Kompon netted for the Giants.

Stefan Meyer made it 4-1 before Kompon replied again and Meyer's second secured the victory for the hosts.

Clan's Harper missed the first game through suspension, but revealed the result gave him enough motivation for the rematch, where he was voted man of the match.

"You always want to be out there playing, but when you're given a one-game ban, there's not a lot you can do," he said.

"There was a lot of motivation for me after missing the Saturday game as I watched online and it was a disappointing outcome.

"The league's really tight and with Sheffield Steelers losing their games to Nottingham Panthers, it gives us a boost as we're still fighting for the top places in the league."