Dingle happy with Flyers scoring depth

Ryan Dingle, Fife Flyers
Ryan Dingle, Fife Flyers

Ryan Dingle says there is no pressure to be Fife Flyers leading scorer this season because goals are being spread throughout the team.

The 31-year-old forward hit the net three times over the weekend as Flyers scored 11, following an 8-3 win over Edinburgh Capitals with a 6-3 defeat at Dundee Stars.

Flyers are averaging 3.3 goals per game in the Elite League this season and while Dingle leads the way on 10, a host of his team-mates are close behind with Shayne Stockton on 8, Justin Fox on 7 and Jeff Lee on 6.

Dingle said: “We’ve said since day one that one of the strongest attributes on our team is scoring depth.

“When we’re healthy we have three lines that can put the puck in the net.

“We’re definitely a team that has overall strong offence rather than one individual.

“I’m happy the pucks are finding the back of the net for me at the moment but it’s a team game.

“I’m not the only one in good scoring form - Foxy is too - but the scorers are not important as long as the team is winning.”

Dingle was pleased with the mental strength Flyers showed on Saturday as they staved off a potential Edinburgh fightback to claim an entertaining 8-3 victory.

“We played well on Saturday,” he said. “We really came together as a team when they scored the second goal.

“We had two choices - we could’ve crumbled and had another slip-up but we responded really well as a team.

“It was a good building block for our season.”

The win put Flyers to the top of the Gardiner Conference but they were displaced by Dundee Stars just 24 hours later following the 6-3 defeat at Dundee Ice Arena.

“Sunday was a huge set back,” Dingle said. “We came out sloppy and almost complacent in the first two periods.

“We just sat back and let them come at us.

“We responded well at 4-1 down in the third, which shows that if we were in a tighter game this team can definitely respond.

“These are all learning experiences, the growing pains teams go through.”

Dingle expects to see a reaction from the team this weekend as Flyers welcome Manchester Storm to Kirkcaldy on Saturday before travelling to Murrayfield Ice Rink to face Edinburgh Capitals on Sunday.

“These are huge important games and I’m really excited to see how the team is going to react after not giving our best performance in the last game,” he said.

“We have the character in the locker room to respond.

“There’s no easy games in the league this year so we can’t take any nights off.

“We need 60 minute performances - something we haven’t really had since our opening night of the season against Coventry.

“Once we limit our mistakes we’ll give ourselves a good chance to win on any given night.”