Flyers goalie Regan sets the bar high

Kevin Regan makes a save against Coventry
Kevin Regan makes a save against Coventry

Despite earning the man of the match award, Kevin Regan left Fife Ice Arena a frustrated man on Saturday night.

The Flyers netminder saved 46 of the 47 shots he faced and was nine minutes from a shut-out in the 2-1 penalty shots defeat to Coventry Blaze.

Regan, however, was just disappointed with the one that got away.

“It’s probably one I want back and that’s tough to swallow,” he said. “It’s one of those seeing-eye goals, as we say back home, where it’s just found a way through bodies.

“It’s the stuff I’m struggling with right now - early in the season it’s sometimes tough to see them.

“All summer long you just take shots then you come into games and its screens and bodies.

“It was one of those games where I could’ve maybe stole two points for the team and that’s what upsets me the most.”

Regan has been in impressive form and is currently listed as third top goalie in the EIHL with a save percentage as 0.931.However, the Boston shot-stopper sets himself high standards, and he feels he is not yet meeting them.

“Probably the most frustrating part right now is that I’ve not been good on the shoot-outs,” he said.

“I was pretty good at AHL level but it’s just not clicking for me right now. I should’ve stopped Coventry’s second one - it’s frustrating.

“Yes, I played well, and if I can play like that every night, we’re probably going to win a lot of hockey games.

“But every once in a while you need to step up and play a little better.

“Those extra points in the shoot-out can be big and I can make a difference there.

“I didn’t tonight so that bothers me.”

Saturday’s defeat left Flyers still looking for their first league win but Regan took some encouragement from the display.

“We were short-handed and a lot of guys stepped up and played some big roles and great minutes,” he said.

“Defensively we were great, we really kept shots to the outside, which makes it easier for me. We’ve got a long way to go, and I’ve got a long way to go, but you can see we’re starting to click.”