Match Report – Wednesday 27th December 2023

Fife Flyers travelled to Tayside to meet the Dundee Stars for the first time this season on league business. The two teams met 24 hours earlier in Kirkcaldy with the Stars extending their win streak against the Flyers this season to two games. Fife had the same roster with Owen, Desrocher and Shirley still all missing whilst the Stars were forced into one change with the one game suspension for Sean Allen following his hit on Kyle Osterberg which saw him get the gate early at Kirkcaldy.

Andy Little was quickly called into action when he was forced to make a save from a deflection after 25 seconds. In the 3rd minute Little got a pad down at the post to stop Spencer Naas but moments later he was helpless when Drydn Dow put the puck on net from the blueline and Brendan Harms got a tip on it at the top of the crease. In the 4th minute Kevin Carr made his first save of the game when he stopped Max Humitz. The Stars doubled their lead in the 5th minute when Chris McKay let a shot go from the circles and it snuck into the net above the pad and under the arm of Little. Brady Pouteau had a low shot well saved by Carr’s pads at the post then Lucas Chiodo put a back hander on net that was shouldered over the crossbar by the Dundee goalie. The Flyers went on the game’s first man advantage in the 10th minute and Vitalijs Pavlovs couldn’t redirect a shot from the blueline on net before Troy Lajeunesse tested Carr who made a kick save. Midway through the powerplay the Flyers were called for an infraction and when the Stars returned to full strength Carter Johnson forced a fine pad save from Little. Dundee pressed for a third goal and Jonathan McBean, Ryan Valentini and Craig Garrigan twice were all denied by Little. With a couple of minutes of the period remaining Brent Beaudoin went close but again Little stood tall and almost on the buzzer a long range blast by Pouteau was turned away by Carr.

Jonas Emmerdahl had the first effort on net after 15 seconds of the restart. The opening four minutes of the period saw a good spell for Fife as they kept the puck in the Dundee end but without getting any quality efforts on Carr who dealt easily with everything thrown at him. Josh Brittain drove the net in the 24th minute and was called for goalie interference. Immediately Troy Lajeunesse forced a great save from Carr with the blocker but the Stars penalty kill prevented him from seeing any serious threats the rest of the way. In the 27th minute Tommy Parrottino tipped a shot just wide but moments later the Stars scored a third which heralded a purple patch for them. Carter Johnson out skated the Flyers defence before calmly taking the puck around Little for the third. On exactly 30 minutes Brent Beaudoin was on hand to clean up the garbage as the puck lay in the crease and he slipped it into the net. Less than 90 seconds later and the roof fell in on the Flyers as a fifth goal came the way of the Stars when once again Dundee won battles around the net and Spencer Naas was able to lift the puck into the net in a goalmouth scramble.  Two minutes later and Anthony Rinaldi beat Little five hole as the Stars made it 6-0. Thirty seconds later and Naas got a tip in front of Little to send in a seventh and a fifth goal in a little over five minutes brought the score up to 8-0 when Rinaldi outstripped the flat footed Flyers defence to give Little no chance. The Flyers finished the period with a powerplay and a short 5 on 3 but Carr was able to deal with the few chances that they created.

The third period was two minutes old when the hats came down from the stands as Rinaldi got his third when he took the puck to the net with Little exposed yet again. In the 44th minute Little did well to stop Naas on a 2 on 1 and then Kyle Pouncy on the follow up. Moments later and Johnson put one off the post with the net gaping but the Stars put up double figures in the 46th minute with Ryan Valentini picking the top corner over Littles glove. Pouteau forced Carr into a good save in the 51st minute and on the next shift the Flyers broke the shutout when Carr was beaten at his near post over the pad by a Lucas Chiodo shot. In the 55th Stars missed a chance when Beaudoin was in the slot and sailed the puck over the bar. Stars went on a powerplay with four minutes remaining and gave their third line almost the full two minutes with McBean being denied by Little. In the final 30 seconds Carr made a great stop on Teemu Pulkkinen.

The Flyers are next at home on Sunday 31st December when they entertain the Glasgow Clan – tickets can be bought online here:  Tickets – Fife Flyers or look out on social media channels for box office opening times.