Goal of the season contender was a mishit, admits Flyers captain

Kyle Haines celebrates his short-handed goal with the rest of the Flyers bench. Pic: Steve Gunn
Kyle Haines celebrates his short-handed goal with the rest of the Flyers bench. Pic: Steve Gunn

Kyle Haines scored one of the goals of the season on Sunday - then insisted it was a mishit!

With the game against Dundee Stars locked at 3-3 in the dying minutes, and his team on the penalty kill, the Fife Flyers captain stooped to his knees to make a crucial block in front of his own net.

The defenceman then leapt to his feet and carried the puck almost the entire length of the pad before shooting past Marc Cheverie for a stunning short-handed goal.

The strike helped Flyers secure a 5-3 win, however, Haines admitted that he didn’t catch his shot properly.

“It was a funny play,” he told the Press. “Obviously it’s a desperate time in the game and I was just trying to block everything.

“I lay down and blocked the shot, then I don’t know how I managed to have the time to skate down the ice.

“I fanned on the shot, but it fooled the goalie. I’ve never been so excited to score a bad goal.

“I was already quite gassed and after blocking the shot my leg was stinging a bit but you just have to empty the tanks at that point of the game.

“That’s what I did and I’m happy it worked out.”

Flyers did not perform to their best in the match but Haines felt the team was due a little bit of good fortune.

“It wasn’t our best game but we found a way to win,” he said.

“We’ve had some good games recently but haven’t got the result, and tonight was the opposite.

“After going 3-2 down we were in a do-or-die situation and we found a way to get the job done, and that shows character.

“At the end of the day, we did something right to get the two points, so we’re happy with that.”

The victory completed a three-point weekend for Fife after Friday’s overtime defeat at home to Coventry Blaze.

“It would’ve been nice to beat Coventry at home, we just ran into a hot goaltender,” Haines said.

“But I like the way the guys are going. We’re competing and playing for each other and tha’s all you can ask.

“The harder we work the more luck we’ll have down the stretch.”