Paddy Cullen reckons Fife Flyers will benefit from Saturday’s humbling defeat to Braehead Clan because they will use it as a learning experience.
Cullen scored the consolation goal as Flyers crashed to a 5-1 loss on home ice against their big rivals, but the 26-year-old forward, a dual national of USA and Ireland, believes there is more to come from the Kirkcaldy side.
“It was a tough game but I think we learned a lot,” Cullen told the Press.
“It’s given us a chance to fix some stuff.
“It’s still early on, we’re only three games in, so we’re just trying to take the positives out of it, learn from our mistakes, and get better.
“I think we might’ve given them a few goals - there was some funky bounces too - but we’ll learn from it and put together a better effort next time we play them.
“I think we have a great team and once we start clicking and get things sorted we’re going to be really good.”
Cullen signed for Fife this summer following a season in the ECHL in America where he played for both Indy Fuel and Rapid City Rush, scoring a combined 46 points.
The Washington-born star has settled into Fife well so far, scoring one goal and one assist in the opening three games, while he was also awarded the man of the match against Braehead on Saturday.
“We lost so that doesn’t really matter too much, but I feel good and everyone in the room has been a big help,” he said.
“Everyone has gelled really well so it’s been easy coming into locker room
“Everyone seems together and the team chemistry right now is helping everyone.”
Cullen has been used in a variety of different situations by head coach Todd Dutiaume thus far, but has spent most of his time on the third line, playing left wing alongside Danny Stewart and Stephen Gunn.
“I’ve been bouncing all over but I don’t mind where I play,” he said.
“I’m happy to be out there and I’ll play wherever Dutes wants me to play.
“I see myself as an all-rounder. I like setting up guys but I also like to finish plays off.
“In this room we have a a tonne of guys who can do that, which is something that’s really special.
“Once we get things clicking the fans will start to see that, and really appreciate what we have in this room.”
Flyers continue their Challenge Cup campaign at home to Dundee Stars on Saturday, before travelling to Murrayfield Ice Rink to face Edinburgh Capitals on Sunday.
“Those will be two big games,” Cullen expressed.
“We’ll hopefully get on a roll, and it would be great to start it at home on Saturday in front of our fans, and get last week’s 5-1 out of their minds.
“Good teams are always consistently on, so if we can limit mistakes, by an means, we’re going to try that and then hopefully put together some wins.”