Todd Dutiaume watched Jordan Fulton terrorise Dundee Stars’ defencemen over the weekend and declared: “I have my old Jordan Fulton back!”
The Fife Flyers head coach reckons the gritty forward was the ‘player of the weekend’ and that was reflected in our Mirror of Merit scoring as he scooped maximum points.
After finishing last season as Flyers’ top points scorer, by his own admission, Fulton has struggled to reach the same heights at times this term, not helped by suspension and injury problems.
But with five goals in his last four games, and a noticeable lift in confidence, the 27-year-old is starting to regain the form that made him one of the Elite League’s most feared opponents.
“It was nice to come back from the Christmas break with a couple of goals, and it was nice to get some wins too,” he told the Press.
“It was a fresh start for the second half of the season.
“I was struggling to score some goals, but I got a couple before the Christmas break and got some confidence back.
“I just got back to keeping things simple, driving wide, trying to use my size, and getting to the net.
“I think I got back to protecting the puck down low – those are my strengths – and it was nice to see a few go in.
“I talked to Stewy and Dutes – I got away from doing that stuff.
“It’s been a weird season with a suspension, then a head injury, which was tough to come back from.
“I didn’t feel like myself, but I’ve just been battling and trying to get back to the way I used to play.
“I think the last few weekends have been a stepping stone back towards that.”
After two wins on the bounce, Fulton is looking for Flyers to carry some momentum into the new year fixtures.
“We’ve got to go into that tough Edinburgh building and get the two points,” he said.
“We know it’s going to be a battle – I think everyone knows what to expect going in there.
“Then it’s the Braehead game at home, which everyone will be up for after the last game here. That was definitely a tough one to be part of but we’re playing with more confidence now, so hopefully we just keep moving on.”