Cloutier demands Stingrays get back on track
COACH Sylvain Cloutier is urging Hull Stingrays to get back on track with a win at Braehead Clan tomorrow.
Having beaten Clan 6-4 on Sunday, the Rapid Solicitors Stingrays lost 7-2 last night but remain top of the Gardiner Conference table.
"It was very disappointing to lose," said Cloutier.
"We didn't get a good start, but pulled back to 2-2 and then we let another bad goal in and couldn't recover.
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"We've got to re-focus for tomorrow in Braehead and for Sunday in Edinburgh."
Stingrays made a dreadful start, Drew Miller putting the Clan ahead after just 13 seconds.
Clan's Adam Walker was ejected for not being listed on the game sheet but, undeterred, the Scots went 2-0 up through Ash Goldie on five minutes.
Only then did Stingrays wake up and play with any rhythm, with two goals from Jereme Tendler for 2-2 at the first break.
Unfortunately, that hard work was thrown away when Rob Farmer was allowed far too much room and made it 3-2 after 23 minutes. Miller added a powerplay fourth 13 minutes later for 4-2.
Any hope of a Stingrays recovery was ended when the dangerous Miller completed his hat-trick on 42 minutes and Farmer added goal six inside the last 10 minutes.
That strike saw Stingrays' keeper Ben Bowns pulled in favour of Greg Blais.
However, Goldie netted his second and Clan's seventh to complete an underwhelming night for Stingrays.