We’re playing smarter hockey, says Flyers ace Reber

Matt Reber (right) celebrates with Bobby Chaumont after a goal in the 5-2 win over Edinburgh. Pic: Steve Gunn
Matt Reber (right) celebrates with Bobby Chaumont after a goal in the 5-2 win over Edinburgh. Pic: Steve Gunn
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Working smarter, not harder could be the key to Fife Flyers play-off push, according to on-form forward Matt Reber.

Reber has picked up four man of the matches in the last six games, and was only just pipped to the award by line-mate Jordan Fulton in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Edinburgh Capitals.

The result was only Flyers second win in their last 11 games, and Reber put it down to a more intelligent performance.

“Everyone came out and played hard, but more importantly we played smart,” he told the Press.

“Everyone was positionally sound, and that makes all the difference in the world.

“It takes lot of pressure off Kevin Regan and makes things easier for the defencemen.

“It’s all about effort - but doing it the right way.”

Reber admitted that Flyers season could have been over had they lost to Caps on Saturday.

“It was much-needed,” he said.

“We knew our backs were against the wall as far as this season goes.

“It was a do or die moment for us as far as being able to climb the standings or falling deeper into a hole.

“Although we came in after the first period a goal down, guys showed a lot of heart to continue to play our game and we got the result we wanted.”

Reber has contributed nine goals and 25 assists in Flyers 41 games thus far, which ironically matches his season tally at Reading Royals in the ECHL last season.

“I play with two really good players in Jordan Fulton and Bobby Chaumont and I try to get them the puck as much as I can,” he said.

“I think lately I’ve tried to shoot a little more myself, and I’m getting a few more goals because of it.

“Our line has pretty good chemistry, so night-in night-out we should be threatening to score couple of goals.

“This year has been a real learning experience for me. It’s my first year in Europe and there’s been some ups and some downs.

“Everyone has more fun when they’re winning, but overall I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”