Hartung leading from the front

Tim Hartung scores his third, and game-winning penalty shot against Hull on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn
Tim Hartung scores his third, and game-winning penalty shot against Hull on Saturday. Pic: Steve Gunn

He may have been Fife Flyers’ hero on Saturday night, but Tim Hartung admits he still fears for his future at the club.

The defenceman-turned-forward scored three penalty shots as Flyers snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over Hull Stringrays on Saturday.

The 29-year-old American was also on the scoresheet on Sunday as Flyers completed a four-point weekend with a brilliant 7-4 win in Coventry.

The timely results have helped ease the pressure on the players, who watched Rok Pajic leave the club last week following a poor start to the season.

But Hartung admitted that players are still fighting for their jobs ahead of a crucial run of matches over the festive period.

“Every game is a must-win for us right now,” he said. “It’s like everyone in the room is playing for their jobs.

“We’ve got to win some games, or they’ll have to make some changes. Everyone played hard at the weekend, so hopefully we can keep things going.

“If we can have a good December and January, we can really make a jump up the standings and it could flip the season around.

“It’s just a matter of coming to work every day and playing for 60 minutes every night. Teams in this league are pretty even, so whichever team works hardest will get the points.”

The coaching staff have also come under some criticism recently and Hartung was delighted to get a four-point weekend for them.

“They’re really under the spotlight right now and as much as it’s up to them, it’s up to us players even more to get it done,” he said.

“It’s tough for Dutes because he can’t go out and play. We really want to win some games for him because he’s been great with us all year.”

Hartung has been shifted from defence to attack to try and help address Flyers goal-scoring problems, and it’s a position he enjoys.

“I played as a forward all the way through college before my first pro coach put me in defence to cover for injuries,” he revealed.

“I’ve stayed back there for three and a half years now, but it’s nice to get back up front and get a different view of things.

“Hopefully, I can start getting some goals and help this team win some games.”