It was always inevitable that the Fife Flyers glorious win streak of 8 games undefeated in league competition would come to an end at the hand of the Cardiff Devils. There is a reason they are back to back EIHL champions. However one streak ends and another will begin as the Flyers welcome Coventry Blaze and MK Lightning to the Fife Ice Arena for the first time this season.
Coventry Blaze will be the first to visit the FIA facing off on Saturday 27th at 19:15. Blaze are 5 – 3 – 1 with 11 points and no mid-week games. Besides the 7 hour-ish bus journey both teams will have fresh legs and will prove for a competitive game of Ice Hockey.
This will be a special affair for the Crowder brothers Tim of the Blaze and Paul of the Flyers and will see the two come face to face in Elite League competition for the first time. Tim was a late signing for Coventry but like older brother Paul he has been producing and is joint top in points delivering 5 goals and 6 assists in 9 games.
Alex Nikiforuk is your second player to watch for the Coventry Blaze. Nikiforuk has proven to be a top creator in providing Blaze with getting on the score board and is joint top in points alongside Tim with 9 assists and 2 goals in nine league games.
Fife will finish up the weekend as MK Lightning finish up their roadtrip of Scotland and will have faced off against Glasgow Clan and Dundee Stars before coming face to face with the Flyers. The Flyers will have the advantage in this game against a short benched Lightning but they are a team starting to gain some momentum in their league campaign and looking to change their 3 – 7 – 0 league stats.
Eric Neiley leads in points for MK with 6 goals and 3 assists in 10 games and is going to be the one Fife’s blue liners need to keep marked. Neiley signed with the Sheffield Steelers to begin the business end of the season from Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL but wouldn’t be offered an extension.
Andreas Valdix also came to MK from the Steelers finding himself on the cull list as the Steel City club went into the rebuild phase. Valdix has been MK’s top creator with 6 assists in 10 games and shares the top spot with Neiley with 9 points.
On paper Fife should pick up the points, but that’s all it is, Fife need to get their Defence in check as it’s proved to be the teams weakest point when they are perfectly sound in every other department.
Feature Photo: Jillian McFarlane