We can catch Clan, insists Flyers ace Chaumont

Bobby Chaumont in action in the 4-2 defeat to Braehead Clan on Friday. Pic: Steve Gunn
Bobby Chaumont in action in the 4-2 defeat to Braehead Clan on Friday. Pic: Steve Gunn

Bobby Chaumont has poured cold water on any suggestions that Braehead Clan have already wrapped up the Gardiner Conference.

Flyers are now nine points behind the conference leaders - and could fall 11 behind should they lose in Glasgow this Saturday - although the Kirkcaldy side would still have two games in hand.

But despite bringing in the new year with a 4-2 defeat to Clan on home ice last Friday, Chaumont insists the conference title race is far from over.

“There’s way too many games left,” said the Elite League’s joint top points scorer.

“We still play Braehead a handful of times and we still have tonnes of conference games.

“We knew the importance of Friday’s game - it was a huge game to put us one point behind.

“But we just have to make sure now that we beat them in the rest of our games and find a way to win those tight games.

“We just came up short on Friday but we take a lot of positives.

“They’re the top team in this league right now and there’s a reason for it - they are a very good team.

“But we were right there with them for the whole game.

“We’ve got Braehead again on Saturday so we’ll get prepared for that.”

Chaumont’s confidence stems from a belief that Flyers are showing good form despite the defeats to Braehead and Cardiff.

However, he admits Flyers will have to improve their discipline after racking up 49 minutes of penalties in Friday’s defeat.

“We’ve been playing our best hockey lately but we got into penalty trouble again and it’s tough to come back when you’re always in the penalty box,” he said.

“It’s pretty evident that when you’re rolling two centremen, and those guys are killing all the time, then it’s tough to generate things offensively.

“We can blame the refs all we want but at the end of the day we’ve got to be more disciplined. It can make a big difference.”

Chaumont was fortunate to escape serious injury in an accidental collision with team mate Tommy Muir during Friday’s second period.

“It was a pretty good bump,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting it but thankfully I felt fine to continue.”