Ice hockey: Marc Lefebvre grateful for Fife Flyers win

By Craig AndersonFor BBC Scotland
Ice hockey
Marc Lefebvre was left grateful for Fife Flyers' win over Braehead

Dundee Stars head coach Marc Lefebvre says Fife Flyers helped his team in the race for the Gardiner Conference.

Stars lost their only game of the weekend 4-2 to Manchester Storm, but Fife's win over Braehead keeps them within four points in the mini group.

"I'm disappointed we weren't able to take advantage of the fact Fife and Braehead traded points this weekend, but Fife have kept us and themselves in the Conference," said Lefebvre.

"We didn't have enough guys show up."

Lefebvre was irked by below-par performers in his team.

"That's the frustrating part for me and there always seems to be the same guys I can count on game after game," he continued. "Right now, there are a few players that I'm not sure what I'm going to get."

The fact Stars were two up will also serve as a source of annoyance for Lefebvre, whose team remain in a mid-table position overall in the league.

Riley Wetmore and Curtis Leinweber put Dundee in front, but Omar Pacha, Grant Toulmin and Matt Paton struck in quick succession to turn the game around for the visitors.

Luke Salazar clinched the points for Manchester with a fourth late on.

Storm's win in Dundee and their victory at home to Edinburgh Capitals has put them six points ahead of the Caps at the bottom of the Elite League table.

The Caps were defeated 8-5 by the Storm on Saturday - despite head coach Riley Emmerson playing for a period and a half with what turned out to be a broken arm.

Ned Lukacevic and Trevor Gerling gave Edinburgh an early lead, but Toulmin fired one back for Manchester.

Both players struck again for the Caps in the second period to make it 4-1 however Mathew Sisca, Salazar, Ricards Birzinsh and Patrik Valcak all scored to turn it around.

Paul Zanette bagged another for Edinburgh, but Sisca and Matt Paton had Manchester in front again before Vinny Scarsella clinched the points with an empty net goal.

The Murrayfield side ended the weekend with seven losses on the spin, edged by Cardiff Devils in a 2-1 defeat.

The league leaders took the lead as Luke Piggott found his way to goal, but Edinburgh hit back early in the second period when recent signing Brandon Thompson levelled things up.

Andrew Hotham restored the lead at the tail end of the middle period and it proved to be enough as the Caps failed to pull themselves back.

Braehead Clan and Fife Flyers renewed hostilities with two meetings over the weekend, starting in Glasgow on Friday night that saw the Clan go second in the table.

Nico Sacchetti put Flyers ahead, but Ben Davies equalised before Brendan Brooks and Scott Pitt secured the points over their rivals.

The rematch had to wait until Sunday as Flyers faced Belfast Giants on Saturday and came from behind to win 4-3 at home.

Justin Fox put the Flyers in front, which was cancelled out by James Desmarais before Nicholas Rioux restored the home side's lead.

The Giants turned things around in the second period as Colin Shields struck to level the match followed by Jonathan Boxill, but two from Nico Sacchetti took the win for Fife.

Braehead Clan then made the trip on Sunday and the Flyers took their revenge in a 4-2 victory.

Flyers went 2-0 up in the opening period as Ryan Dingle finished one, followed by Fox getting the final touch on a rebound.

Davies pulled one back early in the second for Braehead, but Patrick Cullen reopened Fife's two-goal lead after two periods.

Matt Keith's tap-in late on set up a grandstand finish, but Dingle's empty net goal clinched the win and Fife's return to the top of the Gardiner Conference.



Braehead Clan 3-1 Fife Flyers


Fife Flyers 4-3 Belfast Giants

Manchester Storm 8-5 Edinburgh Capitals


Cardiff Devils 2-1 Edinburgh Capitals

Dundee Stars 2-4 Manchester Storm

Fife Flyers 4-2 Braehead Clan