Don’t put a limit on this team, says Fife Flyers’ ace Auger

Chris Auger, Fife Flyers. Pic: Steve Gunn
Chris Auger, Fife Flyers. Pic: Steve Gunn

Chris Auger insists there is no team in the Elite League that Fife Flyers are not capable of finishing above this season.

Flyers are currently sixth in the Elite League and trail leaders Sheffield Steelers by eight points. However, the club’s top scorer is not willing to concede that Flyers can’t still win the EIHL title this season.

“I don’t think you can put that limitation on anything,” Auger told the Press.

“Ice Sheffield is not a friendly place to us, but you saw how we matched up against them at home.

“We still feel we can compete with them.

“They are obviously a very talented team, but there are a lot of very talented teams, and we’re not going to handicap ourselves and say we can’t finish ahead of anyone.

“That would be doing an injustice to ourselves and no-one wants to put that out there.

“We feel like we have a team that can go far.”

Auger feels that individual mistakes might be the only thing currently standing between Flyers and a winning streak.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a lot of individuals errors – it’s no one person that’s always guilty of it,” he said.

“It seems like we’re making mistakes at bad times and it’s costing us.

“That could be the reason we’re not going on a streak right now.

“We feel like we’re very close – we like the game we’re putting together and where we’re sitting in the standings.

“We feel like we could make a move and that we’re still within striking distance of everything.”

Auger is enjoying a fruitful first season in Kirkcaldy and, on current form, he could be in the running for the EIHL’s top points scorer.

He has notched 32 points (13 goals and 19 assists) from 24 games thus far and sits second in the individual standings, seven points behind Sheffield’s Mathieu Roy.

However, he puts much of his own success down to his line mates, Ned Lukacevic and Matt Reber.

“Any time you look at individual success you have to take into account your surroundings,” he said.

“My line mates have been incredible in finding me with the puck.

“On any given night, they are setting me up for some pretty nice chances and lately they’ve been going in.

“Our powerplay has been clicking as well so I’m just a product of what’s going on around me.

“I’m certainly enjoying it because I know what it’s like to be on the other side, when you’re struggling.

“It’s exciting right now, but the big thing every weekend is trying to get wins.”

Flyers welcome Belfast Giants to Fife Ice Arena on Saturday in the Challenge Cup.

Both sides have already qualified for the knock-out stages but Auger insists Flyers will not be taking the game lightly.

“The pressure might be off a little but you want to win every game,” he said.

“Belfast are going to come in with an axe to grind after what we did in their barn.

“We want to finish as high as we can in the Challenge Cup.

“We’re very conscious of the fact that if we don’t win that game it’s another trip to Cardiff, and if we do win it’s Nottingham – a team we feel we match up very well against.

“We’ve done well in every Challenge Cup game this year and we want to continue to do so.

“We want to put ourselves in the best position to win silverware.”

Flyers could be without Kevin Regan again this weekend but Auger insists Flyers cannot alter their game depending on who is in net.

“Stats or no stats, Kevin is the best goalie in the league,” he said.

“He just gives us so much confidence to play the type of game that we do.

“We obviously have a very potent offence and are able to score goals in bunches.

“Any lead isn’t safe against us because we can put three or four in the net in any given period.

“This weekend, whoever is in net, we’ll go in with the same mind-set. We can’t completely alter our game because that’s our identity.

“We’re a very fast-paced team who like to create a lot of opportunities.

“Hopefully, Kevin is back but whoever is in net for us, all we ask is that he gives us a chance to win.”