Scottish round-up: Fife Flyers show fighting spirit

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

Braehead Clan netminder Kyle Jones says it's great to watch his team-mates return to form after they beat both Fife Flyers and Coventry Blaze at the weekend.

Jones himself posted his third shutout of the season after Clan thrashed an under-performing Flyers 5-0 on Saturday, his second against the Kirkcaldy club.

But he also heaped praise on his team-mates for helping him achieve that and their weekend success as they continue to pursue Belfast Giants at the top of the Elite League table.

Jones said: "Getting a shutout as a netminder is always a great personal accomplishment, but it's a bigger one for the team as a whole with the collective work put in.

"Watching this team has been a pleasure for me, standing at the back.

"We had a lull over the last couple of weeks, but it was great to see us hit our stride again.

"Coming off a nice win on Saturday, it was great to get the victory in Coventry and it sets us up nicely for the double header with Belfast this weekend.

Braehead had one win in their last seven and defeats in their last three going into the weekend and the build-up to Saturday's home encounter with Fife was unlike anything before.

The previous weekend's 7-6 win for Fife and subsequent 12-game ban handed to Flyers' Matt Nickerson for an incident involving Clan's Chris Frank set an embittered tone for Saturday's rematch.

But in truth, Fife Flyers were outplayed and outclassed as Ryan Finnerty's men roared back to winning fashion, largely thanks to a three-goal salvo in 70 seconds in the third period.

Ed McGrane's first-period goal was the difference after two sessions, but Ash Goldie, Joel Champagne and another from McGrane clinched the points.

Matt Towe added another for good measure later on as Fife had nothing in attack, leaving their fans deflated.

Clan continued their resurgence of form when they travelled to Coventry Blaze on Sunday and once again looked every bit as clinical as they had been 24 hours earlier.

Neil Trimm and McGrane had Braehead 2-0 up by the first interval until Cale Tanaka pulled one back for the home team.

Trimm's second of the game followed by one from Shane Lust assured the points in the second period as the Clan made it a four-point weekend.

Blaze's Ryan Ginand added a second for his team in the third period, but it was merely a consolation.

As for Fife, they didn't dwell on Saturday's disappointment for too long as they despatched Gardiner Conference rivals Hull Stingrays 5-3.

Bobby Chaumont opened the scoring early in the second period, only for Guillaume Doucet to level less than a minute later.

The Flyers burst to life with Jordan Fulton scoring in between another two goals for Chaumont and Fife were 4-1 up and looking comfortable.

Doucet added his and Hull's second while Jeff Smith made it a nervy 4-3 in the third period until Derek Roehl's empty net finish kept the points in Kirkcaldy.

Flyers' hat-trick hero Bobby Chaumont scored his third treble in five games and insists Sunday's victory over the Stingrays was huge for them.

He said: "There's no way we could have lost two games in a row this weekend and it was a huge win for us against Hull.

"It wasn't a good first period, but we stepped it up.

"Admittedly we let them back in at 4-1, but it was a great victory for us.

"Scoring goals gets me going and it's always fun to be able to do that. I've had a good streak in recent weeks and I'm keen to keep it going."

Finally, Billy Bagron scored twice for Dundee Stars, but league leaders Belfast Giants proved to be too strong in the end.

Dustin Whitecotton had Belfast ahead late on in the first period, but Bagron's double early in the middle session had the Stars 2-1 up.

Jeffrey Szwez and Calvin Elfring soon restored the Giants' lead scoring twice in quick before Colin Shields added a fourth to keep Belfast seven points ahead of Braehead at the top.


Elite League - Braehead Clan 5-0 Fife Flyers


Elite League - Coventry Blaze 2-4 Braehead Clan

Dundee Stars 2-4 Belfast Giants

Fife Flyers 5-3 Hull Stingrays