Flyers ace TJ Caig mystified by lack of EIHL points

TJ Caig is hoping to improve his scoring rate in the EIHL
TJ Caig is hoping to improve his scoring rate in the EIHL

Fife Flyers forward TJ Caig admits that he is mystified by his lack of points production in the Elite League.

The 34-year-old was signed in the summer as a direct replacement for Bobby Chaumont, who moved to Dundee Stars as a player-coach after amassing 193 points in two and a half seasons in Fife.

However, by his own admission, Caig has yet to live up to his reputation with just four goals and 10 assists in 19 games thus far falling some way short of his scoring rate at previous clubs.

His current 0.74 points per game ratio in the EIHL comes nowhere near the impressive figures he produced in two year spells in the Netherlands (2.43) and Italy (1.63).

Despite earning some praise for his performances, Caig appreciates the need to start delivering the points that match his pedigree.

“I’ve been struggling point-wise so far and I wish I could tell you why,” Caig told the Press. “I’m trying to put them up - maybe it’s chemistry, I don’t know. “I definitely need to start here.”

Like all forwards, Caig has had his share of hot and cold spells.

He was released by Graz 99ers of Austria in 2007-08 after failing to hit the net in 10 appearances - but the following season he struck 20 goals in 26 appearances with Neuilly-sur-Marnein France.

“Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t,” he said.

“They come in bunches so hopefully it turns around here soon. If you don’t get the bounces, I guess you’ve got to start working harder.

“It’s a good league - I’m definitely trying to score, so we’ll see. All I can do is focus on trying to do my best every night.

“If points come they come, if they don’t, they don’t.

“It’s not about me personally. As long as we win the games then I’m a happy camper.”

Unfortunately for Caig, and for Flyers, the team is on a three-game losing streak in the Gardiner Conference following weekend defeats at home to Manchester and away to Edinburgh.

“It was a tough weekend,” Caig said. “We probably didn’t deserve to win those games.

“It was just a collective effort where we got out-worked on both nights.

“Sunday’s third period was good so hopefully that carries over into this weekend.

“We need to get back to a more positive attitude and bear down, work harder and hopefully get a few bounces.

“If you take one period off in this league you’re not going to win,” he said.

“It’s a tight league - anyone can beat anyone on any given night- it’s proven that all year.

“If we bear down and put 60 minutes together we should be okay.

“We did it for the five wins in a row but it just seems to be ups and down this year.

“We go on winning streaks, we go on losing streaks, but we’ve got to play consistent every night.

“If we do that, we’ll be fine. We’ve proven that.

“It’s not the personnel, it’s just the mind-set, working harder and putting 60 together.”