Flyers ace Stockton accepts 72 hour challenge

Shayne Stockton in action for Fife Flyers at Dundee Ice Arena last Sunday. Pic: Steve Gunn
Shayne Stockton in action for Fife Flyers at Dundee Ice Arena last Sunday. Pic: Steve Gunn

Shayne Stockton believes Fife Flyers will rise to the challenge of a tough three-game weekend.

A gruelling 72 hours starts on Friday with a trip to Braehead Clan, followed by a home match against Cardiff Devils on Saturday, before concluding with a journey to Nottingham Panthers on Sunday.

It promises to be Flyers’ toughest weekend of the season so far, but Stockton (26), reckons the players will last the pace.

“This is not something we’ve been accustomed to in the past, but we all see it as a challenge,” the centreman told the Press.

“We’re not here to make excuses. We’re going to be ready to play all three games, but it starts from the first one, and we’ll move from there.

“We’ll just take care of our bodies, and prepare as best we can this week. It’s nothing that none of us can’t handle.

“We accept the challenge and we’re excited to get back at it after a not so good game on Sunday.”

Braehead inflicted Flyers poorest result of the season so far - a 5-1 defeat on home ice on September 12 - something that Stockton will be keen to avenge tomorrow (Friday).

“We’ll use what happened in the past as fuel to get us going,” he said.

“We’ll be looking to get back to our identity here.”

Stockton accepts that Flyers will need to cut out the mistakes that littered the weekend performances against Manchester and Dundee if they are to have a chance at claiming six points this weekend.

“Saturday night was a good win for us to get some points going for our conference,” he said.

“For us new guys, they are stressing how important those conference points are throughout the season so we knew we had to come out and play a good game against a very dangerous Manchester team who score a lot of goals.

“They came back but we stuck to it and it was good to get the shoot-out win.

“It was a good learning process for us to find ways to win. Obviously we’d liked to have got four points but didn’t happen.

“On Sunday we didn’t have our best game - we made some mistakes .

“Give credit to Dundee, they played a good game, but we’ve got to be better on the road.

“There’s no real excuse. We’ll learn from it and have good training this week, watch what we did wrong, learn how we can improve, and then go from there.”

Stockton, who has three goals and five assists from nine games, admitted that Flyers failure to take advantage of seven powerplays ruined their chances of victory in Dundee.

“One of the big let downs for us was the powerplay on Sunday, for sure,” he said.

“We had a lot of opportunities and didn’t capitalise and that was a big reason why we didn’t score more than one goal.

“We’re still getting there, it’s still a learning process here.

“We’re trying to find the right combination - it’s still work in progress - but we need to be better and we know that.

“As a unit the PP needs to produce and get some goals for us.

“We’ll work on it this week, and be ready for Friday.”