Best ever start for mid-table Flyers but Chaumont aims higher

Bobby Chaumont Fife Flyers
Bobby Chaumont Fife Flyers

Bobby Chaumont insists that Fife Flyers will not settle for being a mid-table Elite League club.

Flyers have made their best ever start to an EIHL season and currently sit sixth in the standings with 16 points from 16 games.

They are also second in the Gardiner Conference, four points behind leaders Braehead Clan, who visit Fife Ice Arena on Saturday.

It is a marked improvement on previous starts, but Chaumont is adamant that Flyers are aiming even higher.

“We’ve shown that we can compete every night,” said the 29-year-old Canadian forward.

“Take away those two defeats in Sheffield and in every other game we’ve been right there. We’ve had some great results on the road in Nottingham and Belfast.

“There’s belief in this room right now that we can win every game. We don’t want to be a mid-level or bottom level team - we want to compete every night and be at the top of the league standings.

“We’ve just got to keep working hard and keep getting better every week, go on a little run here and see what happens.”

Chaumont is under no illusions over the importance of this weekend’s conference double-header, with the home game against Clan on Saturday followed by a trip across the Forth to face Edinburgh Capitals on Sunday.

“We’re sitting great right now in the standings and we have a big weekend coming up that could really put us in a good position,” he said.

“If you look at the league right now it’s unbelievable how close all the teams are. We’re only seven points from the top so everything is tight and every weekend is a big game.

“Braehead have been playing some good hockey - they are sitting top of the league and it’s a huge game for us.

“We’re only four points behind them in the conference with a game in hand so you can see how important that game is going to be.

“Then it’s Edinburgh again on Sunday and it’s a tough place to go play. They’ve just beaten Nottingham as well so they’ll be feeling good.

“It’s a huge weekend and one we need to be ready for and hopefully pick up four points.”

Chaumont is particularly looking forward to facing his former club.

“In the last couple of years the rivalry has really got pretty big,” he said. “I’m sure there’s going to be a huge crowd here on Saturday and it will be a play-off type atmosphere.

“I’m looking forward to it and I know everyone else is looking forward to it.

“It’s easy to get up for those games - it should be intense and it’s two points that we need.

“It’s always fun to play and score against them but we need to be at our best - and I expect us to be.”

Chaumont has averaged a point per game thus far with 11 goals and 10 assists from 21 games - a return he is happy with.

“Things are going great,” he said. “With the addition of new guys we’ve had two solid lines and right now, when we’re not taking penalties, all three lines are going well.

“I’m happy with the way things are going for myself personally, but it’s early days so hopefully we keep improving.”