I never doubted myself

Andy Contois celebrates his first Flyers goal with Kyle Horne. Pic: Steve Gunn
Andy Contois celebrates his first Flyers goal with Kyle Horne. Pic: Steve Gunn

Andy Contois admitted that a weight had been lifted off his shoulders after scoring his first Fife Flyers goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Braehead Clan.

It took the 31-year-old American forward until the 25th minute of his sixth match to finally break his duck in the Elite League.

Contois, however, has averaged around 20 goals per season throughout his senior career and he refused to doubt himself despite his slow start in Fife.

“It’s one of those things where I just haven’t been able to bury a puck in the first five or six games,” he told the Press.

“But if the opportunities are coming it’s better to just keep doing what you’re doing and eventually one will go in.

“Everyone gets frustrated but you’ve got to rely on experience.

“I’ve had success in the past so I knew that eventually I’d squeak one in.

“Then it’s like the weight of the world is off your shoulders.

“I’d forgotten what it was like to score a goal.

“It felt good but that’s just one - it’s a long year so we’ve got to keep the ball rolling.”

Contois also picked up the man of the match award on Saturday, and while pleased with the team’s first home win, he would have liked the score to be more convincing.

“It was a good game but a little tighter than we’d have liked,” he said.

“Playing at home you don’t want to be going into last minute whith them pulling the goalie to try to get a goal.

“We’ve definitely got some things to work on but you never complain when you win – especially when it’s your first at home.

“It’s been a monkey on our back a little bit, especially since everyone talks about how well Flyers did at home last season.

“It’s a new group here, and there’s a lot of talent, but it’s a different playing style than we’re used to so it will maybe take us a little longer to really get going.

“If you watch games there’s times when we’re dominating and getting great opportunities, and there’s other times when we look lost.

“Time will take care of that.”