The 2016/17 FiFab Fife Flyers opened their pre-season campaign on Saturday night at Fife Ice Arena as they hosted German Oberliga side EC Peiting.
Flyers started the game without defensive trio Phil Paquet, Kyle Follmer and Ric Jackman, with the latter 2 players still to arrive in Scotland, leaving Flyers with 4 defencemen for their opening game. Russ Moyer and Brendan Brooks arrived in Kirkcaldy towards the end of the week but were fit and ready to go. Head Coach Todd Dutiaume confirmed after the game that Phil Paquet will miss the start of the season, and is seeking a short term replacement.
Flyers had majority of the opening chances in the 1st period as the players adjusted to their new line-mates in their first competitive outing of the new season. Todd Dutiaume's team had the puck in the net with 6:30 played in the opening period after Chase Schaber’s pass found Brendan Brooks, who flew towards the net and scrambled the puck under EC Peiting netminder Florian Hechenrieder, however the goal was ruled out as the puck crossed the line after referee Toby Craig had already blew the whistle.
It wasn’t until the closing minutes of the 1st period that Flyers did get on the scoresheet, as new forward Brendan Brooks' solo effort saw him slide the puck underneath Florian Hechenrieder in the EC Peiting net.
Less than a minute later Ryan Dingle’s back-post pass found Sebastien Thinel who guided the puck beyond Hechenrieder at 17:39, sending Fife in to the dressing room with a 2-0 lead.
Into the 2nd period and Flyers had moved up a gear and started moving the puck around the ice at a much higher tempo, and dominating the majority of the play. It was another new arrival who scored the games 3rd goal, when Carlo Finucci cutting in from the wing, fired a backhand shot into the net at 33:14.
Chase Schaber made it 4-0 at 38:17 after good work from his linemates Sebastien Thinel and Carlo Finucci.
Former Manchester Storm forward Matt Sisca got a much deserved goal, when at 41:44 in the 3rd period after he connected with a pinpoint pass from Russ Moyer to wrap up the scoring, and make it 5-0 at the final buzzer.
FINAL SCORE: Fife Flyers 5 EC Peiting 0
Carlo Finucci (1+2), Sebastien Thinel (1+1), Brendan Brooks (1+0), Chase Schaber (1+0), Matt Sisca (1+0), Ryan Dingle (0+1), Stephen Gunn (0+1), Russ Moyer (0+1)
Fife Man of the Match
40: Carlo Finucci
EC Peiting Scoring:
EC Peiting Man of the Match:
7: Ty Morris
Shots on Goal:
Shane Owen: P1 - 10, P2 - 6, P3 - 6 Total = 22
Florian Hechenrieder: P1 - 14, P2 - 13, P3 - 10 Total = 37
*Qualified for playoffs ^ EIHL Champions