Jamie Wilson didn’t expect any sympathy when he was cut by a wayward stick during Sunday’s game against Dundee.
It caught him in the bridge of nose resulting in six stitches.
‘‘There goes the team’s most perfect nose,’’ was one comment as the players milled around for their post-game food.
The game was actually held up for a few minutes while they shaved up the drops of blood that dripped all the way to the door to the dressing-room.
It happened so fast, few even saw it.
‘‘I’ll need to watch the video to see it, but I was cutting across the blue line and a stick got lifted up and cut me. I knew right away. It wasn’t sore, but there was a lot of blood... not that I got any sympathy. There’s none of that in a hockey dressing room!’’
An inch either way and it could have been much more serious, but the third line forward known to all as ‘Torch’ hopes to have the stitches out in time for Saturday’s semi-final.
Wilson was among the scorers in Sunday’s huge win over Dundee Stars - and he admitted it was good to net, but admitted: ‘‘It was a pass which came off a defenceman’s skate; a bit lucky but I’d missed a good opportunity earlier on so was glad of the goal.
‘‘It was a great game for us and the result was superb.
‘‘Even on the ice the noise was really, really loud - we had a great travelling support.
‘‘That gives you extra motivation.’’
At Nottingham Flyers face the tough challenge of eliminating the runaway league title winners, Belfast.
‘‘They are a great team - the league stats really say it all,’’ said Jamie. ‘‘They are a team that is constantly in your face and they are physical, but this is a one off game, and we have done well against them across the season.
‘‘If we get off to a good start and keep soldiering on ...’’
One game from the final?
‘‘Don’t see why we can’t do it. Everyone had us written off three months ago, and the guys here have worked really, really hard to get to Nottingham.’’