JOEL GAUTSCHI scored eight goals in one game as Edinburgh Capitals swept to a 14-2 victory against Kilmarnock Storm on Saturday – but says it’s not all about him.
The Caps forward has an incredible 14 goals and 13 assists in only FIVE games this season for the Murrayfield side as they’ve surged to the top of the SNL.
And he admits missing out on the league and the play-offs is fuelling their phenomenal early season form so far.
Gautschi said: “My success so far is down to having a good understanding with my two wingers. Hockey is a team sport and if you have a line with similar skills and playing style it makes scoring goals at lot easier.
“I just take each game as it comes. Some games you’re just in the right place at the right time and it helps having good skilful line mates that know how to play with each other.
“Last season, we were all disappointed over last season’s playoff and league loss to Kirkcaldy Kestrels.
“We know we’re the better team, but we just didn’t have the discipline last season. We lost a few important games and this time, we’re determined to win all four trophies this year.
“Beating the Kestrels a couple of weeks ago gave us a good starting point for the season and we have set a statement by doing that.”
This Sunday, the Caps return to Murrayfield for the weekend’s only league game when Aberdeen Lynx visit in what could be a fascinating contest.
Scott Neil’s side are very much the favourites, despite Lynx coming into the game with a win at Solway Sharks at the weekend.
Gautschi remains cautious ahead of the game, admitting that complacency is always a fear and believes one element of their game could be key.
He added: “There is always that small worry about complaceny, but you have to keep a positive attitude and be confident into yourself and the team.
“We are playing at home where we feel confident in playing and I’m sure we can get another win this weekend.
“I remember our first game against the Lynx last season where we won 5-4, but were 4-2 down going into the third period.
“This clearly shows that they can be a hard team to play against but if we keep our discipline we should come through as the winners.”