Ice Hockey: Caps coach ready to read riot act

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EDINBURGH CAPITALS’ hopes of reaching the Elite League ice hockey play-offs took a massive dent last night as they were torn apart by Cardiff Devils in a 10-4 defeat, despite launching a comeback in the third period.

Player-coach Richard Hartmann will read the riot after his team conceded seven goals in the second period alone.

“I’ve got to get hard with the players now as they didn’t play the way they were supposed to,” fumed Hartmann. “We were already three down before losing silly goals which didn’t help the team. Losing the early goal killed us.”

It was a performance that had chilling echoes of 12 months ago when fellow Elite League sides were taking double figures off the Caps regularly in the midst of their financial problems. The brutal reality is that, with the fixtures they have left, only a miracle can get them into the top eight now.

Gerad Adams, Scott Dobben and Jamie Vanderveeken had the Welsh side three up by the end of the first period, but the roof fell in for the Capitals during the middle session with Vanderveeken clinching his hat-trick and Jeff Pierce and Stuart Macrae adding doubles with the other coming from Ben Davies.

Tomas Valecko and Sean Menton scored either side of the second break to kick off a mini revival, which continued with Rene Jarolin bundling in a third followed by Martin Petrina closing the gap to six.

Now there’s a task and a half for the players to lift their heads for tomorrow’s match with Coventry Blaze at Murrayfield (face-off 6pm) and after two heavy defeats in their last three, it’s not exactly going to tempt the fans out for it.

The play-off hopes are still alive and a win at Murrayfield, however unlikely, could be what the players and the club need to forget all about what has been a pretty horrible week results wise.