HAT-TRICK hero Jason Pitton reckons Fife Flyers fans were the catalyst for the stunning win over Belfast Giants.
The build-up to Saturday’s Elite League match was given extra prominence due to the club’s Pack the Barn promotion, with various ticket offers aimed at boosting the crowd.
The result saw almost 1600 fans pack inside Fife Ice Arena to watch Flyers humble the reigning league champions with a 4-1 win, and Pitton, who hit a superb treble, felt the big turn-out inspired the team’s performance.
“It was a game we had a lot of anticipation for,” the big Canadian told the Press.
“The whole ‘Pack The Barn’ event was huge for us and for our fans. The fact it was against a team like Belfast definitely got the boys amped up to play.
“Everyone was zipping around in the warm-up and there was a good feeling in the room.
“The build-up gave us the motivation to persevere against good team.
“We all showed up and played hard.”
The victory came hot on the heels of a disappointing 5-3 defeat in Braehead on Wednesday.
“The guys were upset about that one,” Pitton said.
“We felt that we let a game slip away that we should have taken two points from.
“We were keen to bounce back and a result like this is big step in right direction for us.”
It was also a big night for Pitton, with his hat-trick also earning him the man of the match award.
“There’s not many nights when you get to go out there and help the team as much as I did with the three goals,” he said.
“I don’t feel that I played any better than I have in the last few games, I just bore down on my chances and the puck found my stick.”
Prior to Saturday’s hat-trick Pitton had netted only six times in 21 appearances for Flyers. However, he is not overly concerned with moving up the scoring charts.
“I know my role in this team, and that’s to help the team win,” he said. “If scoring multiple points per game is part of that, then I’ll enjoy that.
“Any player would like to jump up the scoring charts, but the most important part is winning games.”
Pitton is now looking forward to continuing his form over a busy festive period.
“We’ve got a tough stretch of games coming up but hopefully we can build on what we did against Belfast,” he said.
“We’ll just try to stay on the same page and hopefully piece together some wins, instead of winning one and losing one.
“We have a big weekend coming up against Coventry and Cardiff but if we play like we did on Saturday we can definitely take some points.”
Pitton, who has played in Canada, America and Italy, also revealed that he is enjoying his time in Kirkcaldy.
“It’s been great,” he said. “When we were losing games over a stretch there, coming to the rink was a bit of a drag.
“But everyone here wants to win, and when we do the guys have a lot of fun.
“I’m enjoying having my brother here with me.
‘‘We get to hang out and spend time together. I can’t say anything bad about being in Fife.”