‘‘Nothing finer in sports than winning as part of a team. Personal accolades great but team wins forge friendships and bonds.’’
The tweet was posted early on Sunday evening by Les Millie, of one Fife Flyers’ all-time greats, just as the team was preparing to depart Ireland on the back of a quite stunning 6-1 victory over Belfast Giants which sealed a remarkable six-point weekend.
Les’ tweet was actually about the Ryder Cup, which saw Europe storm to victory over USA at Geneagles, but the sentiment behind it applied perfectly to Flyers after a weekend which saw their season ignite.
Do not under-estimate the impact of this weekend’s results, and performances, on the dressing-room.
With three players out injured, they not only shut out Braehead Clan 4-0, but bossed their fierce rivals across 60 minutes, and won the fight of the heavyweights before crossing the Irish Sea to the home of the champions where they posted a result which made the entire league sit up and do a double take.
If Saturday’s home win over Clan was their best performance so far, Flyers simply raised the bar in Ireland on Sunday afternoon.
Stephen Gunn netted twice to take the MoM award as the Fifers simply dominated every part of the game.
They wiped out Garside’s fifth minute opener through Gunn’s powerplay at 9:08 and then went ahead through Chris Auger after 11 minutes.
The lead jumped to 3-1 by the first buzzer courtesy of Jordan Fulton, and the momentum remained with Fife for the rest of the game.
Auger got his second in 26 minutes while Kyle Haines returned after taking a hefty slash to net number five on the powerplay after 29 minutes.
Any slender hopes Giants had of a comeback were simply snuffed out by Gunn’s second after 36 minutes.
Few teams will go to Belfast and win. Fewer still - if any - will come close to matching Flyers’ winning margin of five.
With the game doubling up in league and conference, this was a huge four-point haul.
The ferry back from Ireland must have been the sweetest of journeys. In truth, the guys could probably have walked across the Irish Sea ...
There is, quite simply, nothing finer than winning as part of a team.
The bonds and friendships within the dressing-room are now that bit tighter.
These two victories may resonate for some time yet ...