Relief for Flyers defenceman Milam after first EIHL goal

Jamie Milam is surrounded by delighted Flyers team mates after scoring his first EIHL goal against Braehead on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn
Jamie Milam is surrounded by delighted Flyers team mates after scoring his first EIHL goal against Braehead on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn
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Fife Flyers defenceman Jamie Milam has spoken of his relief after finally breaking his duck by scoring his first Elite League goal.

Milam has a reputation as an offensive defenceman with a rocket shot, and he has the statistics to back it up, with 185 career goals.

He has scored goals in North America, Poland, Norway, Switzerland and Denmark - but for some reason a UK strike had eluded him - until Saturday.

After a run of 35 goalless EIHL appearances for both Cardiff Devils and now Fife, Milam finally struck the opener in Saturday’s 6-2 victory over Braehead Clan.

And the celebrations with his team mates showed just how much it meant to the 30-year-old American.

“It was bothering me,” he told the Press. “Nobody else seemed to care because they all liked what I was doing on the ice.

“But it was on my mind a lot and I could see it in the other guys faces when I scored that they were really happy for me.

“It’s good to get the monkey off my back. Now I can shut up, stop worrying about it, and just play hockey.”

Milam has no explanation for why it has taken him so long to get off the mark in the EIHL.

“I don’t know - it’s just one of those things,” he said.

“All you can do is keep doing what you’re doing and hope it comes.

“When it doesn’t it drags on you, but I’m happy to get it out of the way. Once one goes in they all go in, at least that’s the word, so we’ll see what happens from here.

“If it does, great, but if not then we’ve got a lot of guys in this team who can score goals.

“As long as we’re winning games it doesn’t really hurt my feelings that much.

“If we’re losing that’s when it affects me a little bit more, but if the boys keep winning, I’ll keep passing.”

Milam’s goal came during a first period of sensational hockey from Flyers as they took a 3-0 lead over the EIHL leaders.

“That’s how it comes when you’re working hard, going to the net and doing the small things,” he said.

“We slowed our feet down in the second and third, and we started putting our sticks on guys and taking penalties, but we stayed strong.”