Rolling on with confidence and the chance to do something special

Bobby Chaumont ties the game at 6-6. Fife Flyers v Braehead Clan Saturday December 14, 2013. Pic: Steve Gunn
Bobby Chaumont ties the game at 6-6. Fife Flyers v Braehead Clan Saturday December 14, 2013. Pic: Steve Gunn

It’s a theme tune that simply makes you smile - when Bobby Chaumont rings the red light, the DJ fires up T Rex ‘‘I Love to Boogie’’ and a rink bursts into song with ‘‘We love the Bobby.’’

The song can leave the place buzzing many shifts later – another part of the feel-good factor that has wrapped itself around the team as it charged into the play-offs.

Goals may be his stock in trade, but Chaumont’s contribution has gone much further.

Last weekend saw him on penalty killing duties, digging the puck out from behind his own goal and clearing the zone, and working to close down the opposition’s specialist team.

Todd Dutiaume highlighted his huge work-rate in the games against Dundee and Braehead – the real all-or-nothing matches that propelled Flyers into the top eight and on to Nottingham.

For Chaumont, the job is far from finished.

‘‘Everyone is excited about making Nottingham, but we are not just satisfied with being there – we have a real chance to do something very special.

‘‘We are just rolling, playing hard and are very confident.’’

That mindset is in stark contrast to the darker mood which hung over the first half of the season, when wins, and consistency, were hard to come by.

‘‘This season was always a big year given it is the 75th anniversary,’’ said
Chaumont.

‘‘It was supposed to be special anyway, and the way things started wasn’t what we
wanted.

‘‘Mindset is a big thing, and it wasn’t much fun at first. There was a lot of negativity and pressure, but the guys stuck together and turned it around. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Ask any player if they have ever been part of a team that has gone from 10th spot to a 13-game winning sequence which saw them blow the play-offs apart and they’ll simply shake their heads.

‘‘I’ve never seen anything like it before,’’ said Chaumont, ‘‘It has been one heck of a run.

‘‘Against Dundee on Saturday, we came into the dressing-room with a win against the second best team in the league and it felt almost like a defeat because it was just 4-3 and we had been 4-0 up.

‘‘But we’d have taken that at the start – and on Sunday, well, I’ve never seen a group of guys so excited after a weekend. We knew what we had accomplished.

‘‘We kept it running after Saturday and didn’t take poenalties so we didn’t let up against Dundee. Five on five, we showed we were the better team.’’

Now it’s Belfast and winners take all on Saturday lunchtime on hockey’s biggest stage.

‘‘They are a great hockey team – they proved that with the points separation in the league – but we have matched up well with them, and we believe we can do it.

‘‘One period at a time, we just keep rolling it along.”