Flyers D-man delighted to answer critics

Jeff Caister. Fife Flyers v Edinburgh Capitals. February 2, 2013. Pics: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography
Jeff Caister. Fife Flyers v Edinburgh Capitals. February 2, 2013. Pics: Steve Gunn, shotbyagunn photography

FIFE Flyers defenceman Jeff Caister reckons the team answered its critics with the weekend wins over Edinburgh Capitals.

The team had been subject to some heckles from sections of the support following their fourth defeat on the spin in Braehead last Wednesday.

However, back-to-back wins over the Capitals have pushed Flyers back into position to qualify for the play-offs - and provided a perfect response to any doubters in the stands.

“We don’t mind the critics,” Caister told the Press. “Our fans are so passionate that when things go wrong, they are going to let us hear it.

“We understand that there’s pressure and responsibility with this team. We have the best fans in the league and we owe it to them to be the best we can.

“Those were a tough two weeks leading up to the Edinburgh games but every time we’ve gone through a slide, room morale has stayed high.

“Guys have stayed positive and confident. We knew it was just a matter of little tweaks.

“I don’t think we were playing badly, it was just a couple of mistakes that were biting us. We regrouped after last Wednesday’s loss, put in a good work ethic and, finally, it paid off.”

Caister was involved in a Twitter exchange with fans in the build-up to the Edinburgh games after posting that fans who “think we’re done” should stay at home.

“I would have been as frustrated as they were after watching those last three games, but I just wanted to get across the point that it wasn’t over,” he explained.

“We weren’t giving up, and we didn’t want them to give up on us. Hopefully they understood that and I’m sure they’re feeling a little better about things now.”

Caister pointed to the performance of all three lines as the key to Flyers weekend victories.

“From top to bottom, everybody played sensational the whole weekend,” he said. “Our lines were spread out great, especially the Jamie Wilson, Stephen Gunn and Danny Stewart line, they were awesome all weekend. It’s such a big benefit to us when we can roll three lines.

“I thought our D was awesome as well, we didn’t give them anything, and Bryan Pitton was our backbone in nets. When he’s playing like that we’re hard to beat.”

Flyers have just one league match remaining - a home game against Braehead this Saturday - where a win will take them through to the play-offs.

“That’s all you can ask for at beginning of year - that your last game of the season is a meaningful one,” Caister said.

“It’s going to be a hard week of practice getting ready for a Braehead team that is playing well right now.”

Caister has no preference over who Flyers might meet in the play-offs, adding: “Wherever the cards fall, we’ll be ready for them.”

MATTHEW ELDER

Twitter: @mattelder_ffp