Edinburgh Capitals’ Jade Portwood – who last night won the Player’s Player of the Year award at the club’s awards dinner – criticised his team-mates for not caring enough during Saturday’s 8-3 defeat to Fife Flyers in Kirkcaldy.
Orchestrated by an impressive display from forward Ned Lukacevic, Fife put their Murrayfield rivals to the sword, leading 8-2 after just 40 minutes.
Ruing a disappointing night, Portwood said: “Let’s give credit to Fife. They were ready to go, we were flat, and they took advantage of us. I don’t think anyone in our room could say they played well or put as much effort in as they should have.
“Fife made us look like a house league team. You can’t have that – you’ve got to put the effort in for the fans and keep games close. It was just another disappointing night for us.
“After a good win last week against Braehead it would have been nice to ride some of that momentum – but it looked like nobody cared.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Fife – it was the best I’ve seen them play all year. They looked confident and good defensively, but we play because we love this game and we’re proud of what we do. Personally, I want to compete and I hope all the other guys do too. We need to prove we belong with the rest of the teams in this league. We have Sheffield Steelers here on Saturday – let’s hope we can do something for the fans, because that’s all it’s about right now.”
From the off, Fife looked like a team who had won six of their last seven games and in the opening period out-shot the lacklustre visitors 15-3.
A static Capitals defence could not cope with the speed of the Flyers forwards, especially Lukacevic, who set up four of his team’s first six goals before the game was 30 minutes old.
Trailing 3-0, Capitals briefly got back into the game early in the second period through goals from Jan Safar and Curtis Leinweber, but Fife went on to score another five goals to put the game out of sight.
Capitals’ defenceman, Michal Benadik, rounded off the scoring with Edinburgh’s third goal seven minutes from time.
Meanwhile, Capitals’ Scottish National League side kept up their hopes of a Scottish league title with an 11-1 win over Solway Sharks at Murrayfield last night.