Dutiaume: We are where we want to be
The coach of Fife Flyers, Todd Dutiaume, insists that he wanted to be leading the Group B Challenge Cup at this stage.
Four points of wins over the Dundee Stars and Edinburgh Capitals place Kirkcaldy's top with two games to play, both against the Belfast Giants.
And the leader of the Flyers revealed that his team was awake after their defeat against the Stars a few weeks ago.
"Do not qualify for the Challenge Cup groups last season was a disappointment for us," Dutiaume said.
"We learned a valuable lesson from our performance at Dundee a few weeks ago and it was crucial to come out of this weekend with the four points.
"We gave ourselves the opportunity to qualify for the next round and find ourselves at the top of the group, we have control over our own destiny.
"We still have to play in Belfast, which is still very dangerous and I can not wait to see how we will align, but that's the position we wanted to be after these games."
The Flyers, now undefeated for three games, have also celebrated their 79th birthday since their formation as the oldest ice hockey club in the UK.
Dutiaume is in his 20th season with Fife and is encouraged by the start of the campaign that his team has done so far and they can feature in the odds Biggestfreebets for the first time. silverware even if outsiders at the present time.
He added: "It's funny.In the past two weeks I've been thinking about my time with the club and the fact that I've been there for a quarter of its existence.
"The Fifers are always proud of their hockey team and the first indications are that they have a team that reflects the city and that boys play well now.
"One or two just need to be in good health so we can have a full complement of players and I'm excited to see where this group is going.
"As a group, we still have a lot to learn and I see a lot of positive things in this league, it's important not to depend on one guy or two."
"From what we've seen, it looks like our score can be well distributed this year, which is exciting for us."