Dutiaume targets return to winning ways

Todd Dutiaume was left feeling disappointed after seeing Fife Flyers suffer two defeats over the weekend.

Flyers lost 6-3 at home to Dundee Stars in the Elite Challenge Cup on Saturday, before crashing 6-1 at Cardiff Devils in the league the following day.

Dutiaume has demanded an instant response from his players in this weekend’s upcoming cup games against Edinburgh Capitals and Dundee.

“That is not the team we want to be – we lacked the passion and work ethnic that this team was built around,” said Dutiaume.

“We had too many guys focused on individual efforts than playing as five man units that will lead to success.

“Saying that I think it’s obvious that this is an extremely tough league this season and any nights off will be punished.

“The only thing I feel can be taken from this weekend is that we will need to be much more technically sound than we have been. We need guys committed to do what it takes to win hockey games.”

“It is huge that we get back to winning ways this weekend against two good hockey clubs.

“Not only will it go a long way to helping us get closer to qualification, but get us back on that winning track and gain momentum.

“Phil Paquet will be taking full training sessions this week with the plan of having him in the line-up for next weekend’s games. Having that fifth import defender is crucial to success this season.”

Dutiaume also confirmed that contingency plans are already in place for a replacement for Kyle Follmer if his visa doesn’t come through in the near future.

(Image permission: Cardiff Devils)

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