Fantastic Fox targets more goals after match-winning double

Justin Fox (left) celebrates his overtime winner against Dundee Stars. Pic: Steve Gunn
Justin Fox (left) celebrates his overtime winner against Dundee Stars. Pic: Steve Gunn

It was a case of Fantastic Mr Fox at Fife Ice Arena on Saturday as Justin Fox ended a month long scoring drought to help seal a key win.

Fox doubled his goal tally for the season with a brace, including the overtime winner, in the weekend victory over Dundee Stars.

The 28-year-old had been frustrated with his dry spell after enjoying a 58-point season with Quad City Mallards in the East Coast Hockey League last year.

Fox has four goals and 10 assists to his name in 17 Elite League appearances so far but the Canadian shooter believes he can contribute more.

“Personally I feel like I could be doing more,” Fox told the Press. “I feel like I’ve been playing well but you always want to contribute.

“I’ve been having my chances but it’s frustrating when it’s not going in.

“When the games start adding up it’s tough, but when you’re getting the chances you have to try and stay positive.

“When you’re not getting the chances, that’s when you should be worried, but I’ve been getting some great looks - my line mates have been doing a great job getting the puck to me.

“It was just a matter of time before a couple went in and I was fortunate enough to see them drop in on Saturday night.”

While keen to improve his own scoring expoits, Fox stressed that the team will always come first.

“You want to score goals and contribute but wins are most important,” he said.

“It’s nice to see us on a three-game win streak.

“We’re just trying to build on it - it’s week by week at the moment.

“We’re not looking at streaks or anything, we are just trying to win one game at a time.”

All of Flyers’ four goals against Dundee came on the powerplay and Fox was pleased to be part of a special team that finally clicked after a sticky spell.

“Obviously we would have liked to close it out in regulation, but Dundee are a good team, and if you give them life they will make you pay for it,” he said,

“I think we showed a lot of resilience and to get that win in OT is pretty big for the confidence.

“To win games special teams have to be on, and fortunately for us the PP was working really well.

“Any time you get four in a night you’d hope to win.

“Sometimes it’s going like it was on Saturday and sometimes you get into spells when it’s not clicking. That’s how it goes.

“It’s a long season and you can’t be perfect every night, but on Saturday we were pretty close to it.

“It’s something we’ve been working hard on for a long time now so to see a couple go in gives us a lot of confidence.”

Fox also revealed that he is relishing his role as an alternate captain in Fife this season along with Kyle Haines and Ryan Dingle.

“It was unexpeted but any time you can serve as a captain on a team it’s a great honour, especially for an organisation like the Fife Flyers,” he said.

“Kyle and Ryan are great leaders in their own way, but we have plenty of other leaders who have played in big leagues and played in big games, who have the same experience and who can do the same job, so it makes it pretty easy for us.

“We wear the A’s but we’ve got a lot of leaders in that room and we hav ea lot of chemistry.”