Finucci: We need the fans big time
Fife Flyers forward Carlo Finucci has made a rallying call for fans as they prepare for what looks like a huge game against Manchester Storm on Sunday.
The club works hard around the play-off area with a winning streak in 11 and the last two as it prepares to face Ryan Finnerty, who are also competing for a place in the top eight. .
But Finucci acknowledged the frustrations of the fans and called for them to give it their all when Storm comes to Kirkcaldy for arguably one of the biggest games of the Flyers' season until present.
"We need it," said Finucci. "We need them a lot of time and we have to get them out of their seats and for us as players it is about working hard, sticking to the game plan, starting to be clinical and put away the games.
"We asked them to stay with us and continue to be noisy. We may not give them representations and maybe frustrate them, maybe add to all that happens with them away from the ice rink.
"As a hockey player and as a Fife player, we can only care what we do on the ice. The thing away from the ice is not our problem. We have to do our job and block everything.
" The frustrations of some people slide towards us as players and rightly so, with the way we play. All we can do is focus on our own jobs and try not to worry about other distractions, and try to bring some of the fans back.
“We have to show this effort all week and with something like nine home games to do, we have to make it count.”
The Flyers are back home after Saturday's 4-1 loss to Coventry Blaze and will be looking to get back on track after tumbling to the bottom of the table after the outcome of the other games.
Finucci took positive points from last week, which saw them score a point in a shootout loss to the Glasgow Clan, then go down 6-4 at Cardiff Devils.
But the performances they achieved encouraged the 32-year-old, but admits that these must be turned into results if they want to withdraw from the precarious position in which they find themselves.
He added: " After the weekend, normally getting a point like this can be a little frustrating, but the way things went, we thought we made a pretty good effort and we're disappointed not to have any more.
"There were positive things to take and we worked on them throughout the week and we were inspired by them. It makes no sense to take a step back, which has bothered us in the past when we might have good performances or two.
"We are obviously not where we want to be, especially when you start the season and don't look halfway and you see yourself in a dog fight, especially when you should be chasing after something bigger.
"Unfortunately, the way we played from November to the end of December really hurt us and that is the position we are in. We don't want to fight for our play-off status in the final weeks of the season, but we have to fight to get by and it has to start now.
"Any game against a team around you in the standings because it's a four point swing. We really have to start putting the games together and we hope that the efforts we have team deployments were a turning point for us.
"He showed what we can accomplish if we put in so much solid effort in both games. There are guys out there to produce, including me and if we can put more pucks in the back of the net in addition to our efforts, so we should start to see good results. "