Ice Hockey: Capitals unable to beat Fife

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Edinburgh CAPITALS lost 4-2 to Fife Flyers at Murrayfield last night, with player-coach Richard Hartmann reacting angrily to his players’ performance.

Hartmann believed Caps lost their discipline and tried to beat Fife at their own game.

In back-to-back Forth derbies, the result coupled with Saturday’s 5-1 defeat in Kirkcaldy, completed a miserable weekend for the ice hockey club, and now means Edinburgh must win their final two league games to be sure of qualifying for the end-of-season play-offs.

Hartmann said: “This is not the way we need to play if we want to make the play-offs. We played like individuals, we didn’t play for one another, we tried to play a different style of hockey – we tried to play their way – and that’s a big reason why we lost.

“Physical hockey does not suit us. It’s all very well to say we need to hit or fight more, but we are not that type of team. When we play our hockey we can beat any team in the league, that’s been proven. From the goalie, right through to the last man, we didn’t play well.”

Fife, who now leapfrog Edinburgh into sixth place in the standings, were worthy winners and played full of confidence, no doubt buoyed by a convincing victory in their own rink the previous night.

Flyers captain Casey Haines, who laid on the third and game-winning goal for Bobby Chaumont with a superb rink-wide cross ice pass, was delighted with his team’s efforts, and said: “To make the play-offs we really needed to win both these games. The guys stepped up and Bryan Pitton (goalie, and man-of-the-match) played amazingly all weekend.

“Dutes (player coach Todd Dutiaume) told us we’ve got to get to the net and play a more North American game instead of Edinburgh’s European style, and a lot of our goals were a result of us going to the net hard and just ramming it in.”

Chaumont’s winner was complemented by a double from recent Fife signing Joshua Turnbull and an early goal six minutes in from Kris Hogg, Edinburgh tying the game at one and two apiece through Hartmann and Jade Portwood.

Edinburgh captain Martin Cingel admitted that his team found it difficult to cope with Flyers’ direct approach, but vowed to fans that Caps will be more than ready for next weekend’s double header with fellow play-off chasers Dundee Stars.

Cingel said: “Credit to Fife, they battled hard and showed a real hunger for their goals. On Saturday they were stronger and faster, but I was expecting a better game from us at 

“We got it back to 2-2 with 12 minutes left. We needed to step it up another gear, but instead we made a couple of mistakes and it was game over.”