Four-goal Jason an instant hero with fans

Fife Flyers player Jason Pitton. Scottish Autumn Cup at Fife Ice Arena. Pic: Steve Gunn - shotbyagunn photography
Fife Flyers player Jason Pitton. Scottish Autumn Cup at Fife Ice Arena. Pic: Steve Gunn - shotbyagunn photography

FIFE Flyers forward Jason Pitton has made himself an instant hero with the club’s fans after scoring four goals in Sunday’s Autumn Cup final.

The 26-year-old Canadian’s sparkling form also earned him the man of the match award but he played down his starring role in the 7-3 win over Braehead Clan.

“It was a little bit of luck I guess,” he said. “A few of them just popped on my stick and I managed to shovel them in.

“I’m aware that it doesn’t count towards my stats so I’m hoping I didn’t waste them all in an exhibition game! Maybe I’ll get another couple next weekend.

“I’m going to be counted on so if I get opportunities to score I’m going to have to bear down and try to put it in the net for the team.”

Pitton, a 2004 round eight draft of the New York Islanders, was delighted to get his Flyers career off to a winning start.

“It was a good weekend all in all for the team,” he said. “It’s two big wins in front of the home fans, so I’m sure they’re all buzzing about that.

“We only had a couple of practices together so we’re still trying to work things out.

“The aim was mostly just to go out, have some fun and try to click a bit with the lines and get to know each other. It’s just a bonus to come out with two wins.”

Pitton’s name was being chanted by Flyers fans towards the end of Sunday’s final and he enjoyed the adulation.

“The fans are great,” he said. “When we get some goals they like to get on it and they give us the motivation that we need sometimes.

“When guys throw a big hit they get up and scream – it’s nice.”

Pitton revealed he signed for Fife after his younger brother, netminder Bryan (24), committed his future to the club.

“I got some good feedback from the coach, but after Bryan signed here it was added incentive for me to come,” he said. “It seemed like a perfect fit for me and I’m excited to be here.

“It’s only two games in so we don’t really know what our opponents will be like.

“This weekend will be tough but we have all week to prepare so I’m sure we’ll come out firing.”