The Flyers responded to losing two consecutive games with a 3-0 win over the Edinburgh Capitals, who have only won four games all season. By Grant Barnes
A penalty-ridden affair plagued Fife Flyers’ 3-0 win over Edinburgh Capitals on Sunday night.
Shane Stockton scored twice in the victory for the Fife side, with Liam Heelis’ third period effort rounding off a three-game weekend for the Flyers.
In a first period that struggled to get going, the Caps had the better of the play and even had the puck in the back of the net, however after a review the effort was ruled out as Andy Iles’ nets had come off their post.
The Caps were further encouraged after Danick Gauthier was ejected for a check to the head. Neither side could capitalise on their chances however, as an underwhelming first-half played to a stalemate.
The second period started off with more of the same. Stoppage after stoppage meant the game had no opportunity to really get going, with Iles having even more trouble with his nets coming off.
It was the Flyers who drew first blood just after the half-hour mark, Charlie Mosey with some good work to find Shane Stockton who fired home to give Fife the lead.
Stockton then doubled the lead with three minutes to play in the second period, however the game was temporarily suspended for 15 minutes only a minute after. The persistent issue of the nets coming off was enough for the referee to call the break to allow the ice staff adequate time to fix the issue that was ruining a game that seemed to be coming into life.
Once the teams emerged once again Liam Heelis rounded off the scoring after stealing the puck from Caps defenceman Rihards Grigors and finishing confidently to put the game to bed.
A late Caps effort hit the post after good work from Igor Valeyev as the game petered out, however the Caps were assigned to yet another defeat.
Fife will have been glad to end the weekend with an important victory after two defeats at the hands of Belfast Giants and Coventry Blaze. The defeat rounds off a disappointing week for the Caps after losing Nikita Kolesnikovs and Pavel Vorobyev, however the search for their replacements has already begun.