Panthers test is pure and simple for Coccimiglio

Brandon Coccimiglio, background right, scores the Caps' second goal against Fife. Pic: Jan Orkisz/SMP

Brandon Coccimiglio, background right, scores the Caps' second goal against Fife. Pic: Jan Orkisz/SMP

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Forward Brandon Coccimiglio believes a “simple road game” is key for Edinburgh Capitals ahead of today’s Elite league clash at Nottingham Panthers.

Edinburgh last visited the National Ice Centre in October and, at a time when their play was turning heads up and down the country, took big-budget Panthers all the way, an eventual David Clarke overtime goal proving the difference in a 4-3 Nottingham victory.

Things have since gone south for the Murrayfield men, who are back on home ice tomorrow when Sheffield Steelers are the visitors (face-off 5.30pm), as they’ve endured an eight-game losing streak although they were unlucky not to break that in an entertaining Forth derby against Fife on Hogmanay.

Coccimiglio, who scored one and made another in the 3-2 loss to Flyers, has had a frustrating start to his Capitals career since signing in November from French club Morzine.

He only recently returned to the line-up after being out for over a month with a rib injury and the Canadian said: “I was out for four or five weeks, I feel I’m just getting my touch and rhythm back. It was nice (to contribute) but we need to make sure we are more consistent and that goes for the whole team.

“Riley’s (player-coach Riley Emmerson) doing a good job of keeping us all positive. We’re coming together again as a team. Against Fife we worked hard. We’ll carry that same work ethic into Nottingham

today and hopefully the

bounces go our way.

“It’s going to be a difficult road game against a very good team. We have a lot of skill in our locker but keeping things simple is key for us. We can build our confidence up from there.”