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03
Apr

Liam Heelis

Image Credit: Scott Wiggins

This weekend Fife Flyers, sponsored by Arnold Clark Mercedes-Benz, take on the Elite Ice Hockey League champions the Cardiff Devils in the first semi-final of the 2019 PredictorBet playoff finals.

Flyers have made the final 4 twice previously, but will be looking to make it third time lucky this time around. Canadian forward Liam Heelis knows that this weekend is a tough ask but admits that Flyers are not prepared to finish the season on Saturday.

"Our team just doesn't quit. Its like we enjoy getting knocked over and then getting right back up in the opponents face. In this community, in this organisation, and on this team, I think we all take immense pride in our character, beliefs, and values. Of those, we just don't give up and that alone has been a primary driver of the success we have experienced this season.

"When your buddy beside you is willing to leave it all on the line for you, and he knows you're going to do the same for him it breeds confidence and a cohesiveness that is hard to match.

"Our coaching staff have prepared us clearly and coherently all season long and the guys have prepared for each and every game this season like it were a final. Thus, I think our team message will be consistent going into this weekend.

"There are always adaptations and adjustments that need to be made in regards to the rink layout, opponents systems and structures, as well as other minor changes necessary.

"I firmly believed we have been preparing for this moment every weekend all season long and that this weekend culminates as another week of work, just with the outcome of a bigger prize at the end of it!"

 

Both of Saturday’s semi-finals will be shown LIVE on EIHL.tv, starting with Elite League winners Cardiff Devils versus Fife Flyers at 1pm before Sheffield Steelers take on Nottingham Panthers at 5pm. Games cost £10 each to view.

On Sunday, the Consolation Final will be shown LIVE, for free, on the Elite League’s Facebook Page from 12 noon, followed by the 2018 PredictorBet Playoff Grand Final at 4pm.

The showpiece event of the British ice hockey season, the PredictorBet Playoff Grand Final will be available LIVE on the BBC on connected (or smart) TVs, the BBC Sport app, and on the BBC Sport website here.

03
Apr

 Ricards Birzins

Fife Flyers, sponsored by Arnold Clark Mercedes-Benz, Latvian defenceman Ričards Birziņš may not have won Flyers fans' unsung hero award this season, however he has gone about his job in the Flyers defensive zone perfectly.

Birziņš, 28, in his second season in the Elite Ice Hockey League having iced with the Manchester Storm in their debut season back in 2015/16. This season sees Birziņš return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015, when he was icing in the ECHL with Tulsa Oilers.

"Winning is always fun, especially when you have a great group of guys like we do this year, it feels great! I'm just happy to play in the playoffs because I haven’t been in the playoffs the last two seasons I played.

"It is a lot different than the regular season, I think it’s fun for the players and the fans as well because everybody knows that it may be the last game and every guy has to bring their best to the table!

"The playoff finals weekend is a lot different to other playoff hockey, as it’s a one game series anything can happen and one mistake can cost dearly."

This Saturday Flyers go head to head with Cardiff Devils the back-to-back Elite League champions, in the first semi-final game of the PredictorBet Playoff weekend, and Birziņš knows it will be a tough task, but will go into the game as fully prepared as possible.

"Everybody knows their role in the team, and when a couple of guys got hurt different guys stepped up for them which is great.

"Todd and Jeff have had us mentally prepared us for every game each time, so it makes a bit easier for the players as well!"

EIHL PredictorBet Playoff Semi-final

04
Apr

PredictorBet playoffs

The 2018 PredictorBet Playoff Finals Weekend takes place at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham this weekend, and you can follow all of the action LIVE from the very first face-off.The 2018 PredictorBet Playoff Finals Weekend takes place at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham this weekend, and you can follow all of the action LIVE from the very first face-off.

Both of Saturday’s semi-finals will be shown LIVE on EIHL.tv, starting with Elite League winners Cardiff Devils versus Fife Flyers at 1pm before Sheffield Steelers take on Nottingham Panthers at 5pm.

Games cost £10 each to view.

On Sunday, the Consolation Final will be shown LIVE, for free, on the Elite League’s Facebook Page from 12 noon, followed by the 2018 PredictorBet Playoff Grand Final at 4pm.

The showpiece event of the British ice hockey season, the PredictorBet Playoff Grand Final will be available LIVE on the BBC on connected (or smart) TVs, the BBC Sport app, and on the BBC Sport website here.

The Elite League are delighted to confirm that the  2018 PredictorBet Playoff Grand Final will once again be shown live by the BBC.

04
Apr

Liam Heelis

Image Credit: Mark Ferriss

Flyers fourth goal on Sunday night in Manchester was the game tying goal that ensured the series went into overtime, and it was first year pro Liam Heelis who levelled the aggregate score with his 23rd goal of the season, it was also his 6th powerplay goal of the year.

Following Sunday's dramatic victory in Manchester, Heelis reflected on his teams achievements so far. "We have put in the work week in and week out all season, so for us to be rewarded for that tireless work ethic brings me pure joy. The excitement and elation surrounding Sunday was unforgettable. Each and every guy in our room has earned this opportunity to punch our ticket to the finals weekend and we are looking forward to taking a shot at another trophy. We have put in the work week in and week out all season, so for us to be rewarded for that tireless work ethic brings me pure joy.

"The pride I feel just being able to wear a Flyers sweater along side these guys is immense. We have been challenged all season, undergoing times of adversity with injuries and illness, surmounting comebacks, and lots of travel. That, combined with the guys never say die mentality provided us the experience over the regular season to believe in ourselves as a group to overcome the odds in Manchester on Sunday. To be honest, the reality of that comeback hasn't completely set in."

Heelis, 27, finished as the team's 2nd top point scorer with 22 goals and 46 assists, 1 point behind Peter LeBlanc, and is excited at playing his first PredictorBet Playoff Finals Weekend in Nottingham. "With no prior experience at the playoff finals weekend, it is hard for me to compare with my own previous experiences. But, I will say that am just very excited to be in Nottingham this coming weekend to submerse myself in the opportunity and soak up the experience being there in the present.

"Previously, I have played in similar tournaments in junior and several times in college. These short events are high stakes and remaining focused becomes very important. Making this tournament, with this group of guys marks itself right up there with my fondest hockey memories and we are looking forward to making more this coming weekend."

Flyers face the Elite Ice Hockey League champions the Cardiff Devils in the first semi-final on Saturday afternoon, face-off 1:00pm, with the winner advancing to the grand final on Sunday afternoon, which will be shown live on BBC Online.

03
Apr

Carlo Fincci celebrates vs Manchester Storm

Image Credit: Mark Ferris

Carlo Finucci was the hero on Sunday night in Manchester as his two goals ensured that Fife Flyers, sponsored by Arnold Clark Mercedes-Benz, sealed a place at the PredictorBet Playoff Finals Weekend in Nottingham.

Finucci, 31, was on the opposite side last season as the Flyers failed to reach the final 4 weekend, losing out to the Belfast Giants, but Finucci was determined it wouldn't be 2 years in a row. The Burnaby native finished the 2017/18 Elite Ice Hockey regular season with a career year, scoring 30 goals and 36 assists in 62 games, 20 points more than he had in his debut season with the Flyers last season.

Following his game winning goal in Manchester on Sunday night Finucci said "Missing out last season was disappointing so it’s amazing to get the opportunity this year and reach another of our teams goals. I have heard it’s a wicked atmosphere down there so we are looking forward to soaking it all in and making the most of it."

Following the first leg tie in Kirkcaldy on Saturday, Flyers trailed Ryan Finnerty's side by 4-1, and to progress to the finals weekend, Finucci and his teammates needed to win by 4 goals, or 3 goals to force the tie into overtime.

"I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this group. Social media was full of people saying we blew it and what a disappointment Saturday was. We knew we still had 3 periods to play and the belief was always there in our dressing room. With every goal that belief got bigger and bigger and we ultimately came out on top."

47 seconds into overtime, Shayne Stockton’s face-off win saw Finucci's hold off Manchester’s Luke Moffat and fire a backhand shot beyond Manchester's netminder Mike Clemente, sending the travelling 200+ Fife fans in the crowd wild, as Fife secured their 3rd trip in 7 season to the PredictorBet Playoff Finals Weekend in Nottingham.

"The playoff weekend is similar to the NCAA hockey national tournament where it's single elimination and if you get hot at the right time anything can happen in a one off.

"Playoff time is always special and the boys took their games to another level this weekend and that is why we are going to Nottingham. We are going to have to be even better.

"That room is full of competitors and everyone feeds off each other. Guys have stepped up all season in different games and scenarios especially when we went through our injuries. We just need that little spark and then it’s pretty hard to slow us down.

"We proved people wrong all season long and we are looking forward to doing that again this coming."

Flyers face the Elite Ice Hockey League champions, the Cardiff Devils, in the Saturday afternoon game. Despite the pressure that comes with the semi-final match-up Finucci believes the pressure will mostly be on the Devils. "As a group our coaches will have us ready for Cardiff. It’s ultimately up to us players to go out there to get the job done and lay it all out on the line.

"Cardiff are the league champions and all the pressure is on them, we need to push them and play our game."

02
Apr

Russ Moyer, EIHL Player of the Week

Fife Flyers defenceman Russ Moyer has been named the Elite League’s Player of the Week award for week ending 1st April 2018.Fife Flyers defenceman Russ Moyer has been named the Elite League’s Player of the Week award for week ending 1st April 2018.

The 35-year-old played a big part as the Kirkcaldy side booked their place in the PredictorBet Play-off Finals weekend when they overcame Manchester Storm over two legs.

And the former Sheffield Steelers D-man spoke of his delight and surprise and gave credit to his team-mates for their part in this accolade.

“I’m quite surprised, but it’s nice to be recognised,” Moyer said.  “With the amount of effort everyone put in at the weekend, I wouldn’t have been in consideration so it’s the culmination of a great weekend.

“We were disappointed at how Saturday turned out and felt the scoreline wasn’t a reflection of how we played.

“All season, we’ve been resilient and knew, going to Manchester, we had to go out and win the three periods by at least a goal and that’s what we did.

“It was a brilliant result and a crazy 24 hours of ups and downs.

“I feel like we can beat any team on any night and this tournament format suits us.  Coming off a win like that, there’s a lot of confidence going into the game with Cardiff on Saturday.

“We’re ready for them and I’m sure it will be a very competitive game.”

This weekend will see the experienced Canadian make his first appearance in the final four weekend in his three years playing in the UK.

Although Moyer was part of the Sheffield Steelers team that won the Elite League in 2015/16, they failed to reach the play-off finals that year after losing to Coventry Blaze in the last eight.

Last year, they were beaten by Belfast Giants in the quarter finals, but have gone one step further after Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Storm was overturned with a 5-1 away win, taking the tie in overtime.

Flyers assistant coach Jeff Hutchins hailed the contribution of Moyer after such a successful weekend and highlighted his role for the team.
Hutchins said: “Russ has been a mainstay of our team in the last couple of seasons and he was a player who led by example over the weekend.

“While we’ve had a younger team than previous seasons, Russ gives us the experience in the defensive zones to help balance that.

“He played a key role in turning a losing position into a winning one and his positivity was huge for us in a big weekend.”

01
Apr

Fife Flyers, sponsored by Arnold Clark Mercedes-Benz, head coach Todd Dutiaume gives his reaction following tonight's 6-5 aggregate victory over Ryan Finnerty's Manchester Storm.

2019/20 EIHL LEAGUE STANDINGS

TeamGPPts
Sheffield Steelers Sheffield 10 14
Glasgow Clan Glasgow 8 12
Cardiff Devils Cardiff 8 12
Fife Flyers Fife 9 11
Coventry Blaze Coventry 9 10
Belfast Giants Belfast 6 8
Guilford Flames Guildford 9 8
Nottingham Panthers Nottingham 10 7
Manchester Manchester 9 6
Dundee Stars Dundee 10 5
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Elite Ice Hockey League

The Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) is a professional ice hockey league in the United Kingdom formed in 2003. The league currently consists of 10 teams, with Belfast (NIR), Cardiff (WAL), Coventry (ENG), Dundee (SCO), Fife (SCO), Glasgow (SCO), Guildford (ENG), Manchester (ENG), Nottingham (ENG) and Sheffield (ENG).

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The Fife Flyers, established in 1938, are the oldest professional ice hockey team in the United Kingdom. The team has a history of success through the ages, with over 60 Scottish and British cups and titles to their name.

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