It’s not over ‘til it’s over

Derek Roehl scored a hat-trick for Fife Flyers in Edinburgh on Sunday. Pic: Steve Gunn
Derek Roehl scored a hat-trick for Fife Flyers in Edinburgh on Sunday. Pic: Steve Gunn

Derek Roehl has promised Fife Flyers fans that the team will keep fighting for their slim play-offs hopes.

Flyers are currently nine points behind Cardiff Devils in the play-off chase and although they have a game in hand, there are only 15 fixtures left.

But after scoring a hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Edinburgh Capitals at Murrayfield on Sunday, Roehl insisted that quitting is not an option.

“All we can do is control is how we play, and control our results,” he told the Press.

“Every game is crucial from here on in and we can’t let any more points slip by.

“It’s all still in our hands and I don’t think anyone in that room has quit yet.

“It’s not over til it’s over.”

Flyers have struggled for goals all season but they hit a groove during Sunday’s second period, scoring five times, and Roehl was delighted to notch up a treble.

“We talked about it being a must-win before the game and we went out worked hard, played together and got a result,” he said.

“It was frustrating to come in after the first period a goal down, but we knew there was still 40 minutes left and we came out focused and had a pretty good second period.

“Everything just clicked. Pucks were going in and guys were going to the net.

“I was getting a couple of Chaumont bounces. I had an open net rebound and a couple of others just trickled in.

“It shows what this team is capable of. We’ve came up short a number of times this season but it’s a great group of guys in there.

“When we’re on it we’re pretty tough to beat, and we’ve competed with every team in the league.

“It’s frustrating that we’ve let games slip, but we just have to put all of that past behind us and move forward.”

After scoring another two in Wednesday night’s 7-3 win over Hull, Roehl has now managed 17 goals and 11 assists in his first season in the UK - an experience he has enjoyed.

“We’ve got a good room, good coaching staff and the people in Fife are good,” said the 25-year-old American. “The only frustrating thing is some of the results we’ve had.

“I’ve got a lot of ice time so I think it’s made me a better player, which is good because I’m hoping to have a successful career in hockey.”