Danny Stewart happy with Fife Flyers reaction

By Craig AndersonFor BBC Sport Scotland
Ice hockey

Associate coach Danny Stewart challenged Fife Flyers to give the same response on Tuesday after almost taking both points from Nottingham Panthers.

Head coach Todd Dutiaume called Saturday's poor display at home to Manchester Storm "woeful".

Flyers then went down on penalty shots to the Panthers on Sunday.

"The reaction we got from Saturday's game was pleasing for us and we made it clear to the guys that we had to bounce back," Stewart said.

"In Nottingham, it was probably a game we should have closed out, but performance wise, we don't have any complaints despite losing on penalty shots.

"Next up is Sheffield Steelers at home in the Challenge Cup quarter final and we're looking for the same sort of response from our guys.

"Saturday night at home wasn't good enough from anybody and it was a really poor performance so we need to up our game against a team that are favourites for the tie."

Going down to Manchester Storm was a huge disappointment for the Kirkcaldy men, but the manner of the 6-4 defeat was the most telling thing.

Vinny Scarsella had Storm in front in the opening minutes, but TJ Caig levelled for Fife Flyers before Grant Toulon and Nico Sacchetti traded goals for both teams.

Stewart put Flyers ahead, but Toulmin scored two more for his hat-trick to turn it around before Stewart pulled another back. Paul Phillips struck twice at then end to kill Fife off.

Flyers reacted well in Nottingham and got the best possible start as Justin Fox and Stewart put them two up in the National Ice Centre.

But Panthers pulled level through two from Andy Bohmbach, one of which a penalty shot that sent the game into overtime and penalties, where Bohmbach got the winner.

Braehead Clan moved into the top three of the Elite League after picking up four points in their two matches at the weekend.

Starting on Saturday, they defeated a lacklustre Dundee Stars 7-4 with Matt Keith and Thomas Nesbitt finding the net early, but Justin Faryna and Doug Clarkson levelled.

One from Stefan Meyer, two from Brendan Brooks and an Alex Leavitt strike had Clan well ahead although Brett Switzer notched a third for the Stars.

Meyer's second killed the game off the Clan, although Martins Porejs claimed the final strike of the night for Dundee.

Ryan Finnerty's side headed to Manchester to take on Storm on Sunday and despite it being tight for two periods, they broke away and won 5-2 in the end.

Chris Bruton and Patrik Valcak struck for each side to see the game tied at 1-1 after two periods.

Ben Davies and Stefan Meyer struck early in the third, but Matthew Sisca pulled another back for Storm, only for Thomas Nesbitt and a late goal from Davies to wrap things up.

Edinburgh Capitals came from 5-1 behind against Coventry Blaze, but lost out 6-5 in overtime despite a valiant comeback.

Blaze surged into a four goal early on as Drew Fisher, two from Neil Trimm and one from Brett Robinson put them in front, with Riley Emmerson pulling one back for the Caps.

Trimm completed his hat-trick early in the second, but Edinburgh launched a comeback as David Rutherford, Paul Zanette and Ned Lukacevic got them to within one.

Then Trevor Gerling tied the game at 5-5 to take the game to overtime, but Michael Quenelle fired the winner to take the points for Coventry.

The Murrayfield men travelled to Dundee Stars on Sunday, but Marc Lefebvre's side took the Gardiner Conference points in a 5-1 victory.

Despite Ryan Hayes putting the Caps ahead, Dundee turned things around quickly through goals from Justin Faryna, Craig Moore, Bobby Chaumont and Curtis Leinweber.

Jason Gray added a fifth in the third period to make sure of the points, keeping the Caps outside the play-off places.



Braehead Clan 7 Dundee Stars 4

Edinburgh Capitals 5 Coventry Blaze 6 (OT)

Fife Flyers 4 Manchester Storm 6


Dundee Stars 5 Edinburgh Capitals 1

Manchester Storm 2 Braehead Clan 5

Nottingham Panthers 3 Fife Flyers 2 (PS)