Kyle Haines has urged Fife Flyers fans to ditch the boos and stick by the team ahead of this weekend’s crunch games against rivals Dundee Stars.
Flyers were jeered by a section of the home crowd after Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Edinburgh Capitals – the team’s fourth conference defeat in a row.
And defenceman Haines – who won the man of the match award on the night – wants to hear more encouragement from the stands
“I know it’s easy for people to get negative and I hate to see it,” he told the Press.
“If they’re fans they should stick behind us through the good and the bad because they are a big factor.
“If they are on their feet encouraging us and being positive, we’re going to want to win for them.
“If they’re booing us and getting on us it’s not a positive atmosphere and guys don’t respond well to that.
“We know when we make mistakes. We don’t need to hear it from anyone other than the coaches.
“We’ve just got to keep things positive. There’s a lot of season left and a lot of time to move up in standings.
“There’s no need to worry – I think we’ll turn things around here.”
Flyers made it five conference losses on the spin with a 5-4 reverse in Hull on Sunday, but Haines took positives from the performance.
“Spirits have been pretty good because we made some strides on Sunday and we’re feeling good about our game,” he said. “We looked a lot more hungry on the ice and like we wanted to win more.
“That should never be a question but it seems like it has been an issue lately that we need to rectify.”
Haines is looking forward to facing a Dundee side currently sitting second in the Elite League and top of the Gardiner Conference.
“Dundee’s a fun game,” Haines added. “The crowds are big and there’s a big rivarly.
“We’ve had some bad blood and it will be exciting with Nickerson back in the line-up.
“He’s such a presence out there and other guys aren’t as chippy with us when he plays. I wouldn’t want to mess with him!
“It’s good to have him back - we definitely need him.”