The FiFab Fife Flyers hosted Elite Ice Hockey League title chasing side Belfast Giants on Sunday evening at Fife Ice Arena in what turned out to be a game to remember for the home side. Flyers went into the game missing forward Bryan Cameron who had picked up an injury during the midweek game against Sheffield Steelers.
The opening period saw Flyers dominate the majority of the play as they created a number of quality scoring chances, and it didn't take long for Fife to get on the score sheet when a pinpoint cross ice pass from Mathew Sisca found Brendan Brooks steaming in to the Belfast, Brooks rifled his shot beyond Jackson Whistle in the Giants net to put Flyers 1-0 up after 3:31.
Belfast tied the game up when David Rutherford found a way passed Shane Owen in the Fife net at 13:10. Flyers retook the lead shortly after when Sebastien Thinel set up Justin Fox at the back post of the Belfast goal, and Fox fired Flyers 2nd goal in at 14:15.
Flyers were not finished as they pressed for a 3rd goal in the opening period and a move started from Flyers own zone saw Chase Schaber score his 12th goal of the season as he made it 3-1 to Fife at 18:26.
Ryan Dingle extended Flyers lead to 4-1 at 22:35 when he fired the puck beyond Jackson Whistle from close range. Belfast got themselves back in to game when Michael Quenele scored Belfast's 2nd goal of the game at 32:15 before Blair Riley made it 4-3 at 34:17.
Colin Shields tied the game up just before the end of the 2nd period at 37:18, prompting head coach Todd Dutiaume to call a Flyers time-out.
Belfast briefly took a 5-4 lead in the 3rd period after Blair Riley scored his second goal of the night when he managed to squeeze the puck beyond Shane Owen in the Fife net at 42:02.
Despite Flyers frustrations at a number of calls not going against them, they kept their focus and when Ryan Dingle tied the game up at 5-5 after 44:04, they went on to score another 4 unanswered goals.
Defenceman Philippe Paquet fired a shot passed Jackson Whistle to make it 6-5 at 46:09, before Brendan Brooks made it 7-5 after 48:44.
With time running out Jackson Whistle was pulled from the Belfast Giants net, and when Brendan Brooks won a face-off in his side's defensize zone, Russ Moyer fired the puck straight in to Belfast's empty net to make it 8-5 with the clock at 57:20.
Chase Schaber wrapped up the scoring when he got his 2nd goal of the game and his 13th of the season to make it Flyers 9 Belfast 5 at 58:28.
FINAL SCORE: Fife Flyers 9 Belfast Giants 5
Fife Flyers Scoring:
Brendan Brooks (2+3), Justin Fox (1+0), Chase Schaber (2+0), Ryan Dingle (2+1), Philippe Paquet (1+2), Russ Moyer (1+2), Mathew Sisca (0+2), Carlo Finucci (0+2), Sebastien Thinel (0+2), Kyle Haines (0+1), Ric Jackman (0+2)
Fife Flyers Man of the Match:
19: Ryan Dingle
Belfast Giants Scoring:
David Rutherford (1+2), Michael Quesnele (1+0), Blair Riley (2+0), Colin Shields (1+1), Jeff Mason (0+1), Michael Forney (0+1), Brandon Benedict (0+1), Chris Higgins (0+2), Matt Towe (0+1)
Belfast Giants Man of the Match:
25: Blair Riley
Shots on Goal:
Shane Owen: P1 - 11, P2 - 11, P3 - 14 Total = 35
Jackson Whistle: P1 - 12, P2 - 12, P3 - 15 Total = 39
Empty Net: P1 - 0, P2 - 0, P3 - 1 Total = 1
*Qualified for playoffs ^ EIHL Champions