Cloutier miffed by Stingrays' defeats
COACH Sylvain Cloutier admits he is disappointed Hull Stingrays failed to make the most of home advantage, losing 3-1 to Dundee Stars and 4-1 to Belfast Giants.
Having labelled Saturday's display "embarrassing", Cloutier was pleased with last night's improved effort against the reigning Elite League champions.
However, it was the Rapid Solicitors Stingrays' sixth straight defeat, leaving Cloutier annoyed at Saturday's tame surrender.
He said: "I'm disappointed with the weekend as I thought we should have had two points out of it. Saturday against Dundee was an embarrassing performance at home, our worst game all season.
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"I hate losing, but it's not so bad if we work hard for 60 minutes. Not competing at home and losing our one-on-one battles bothers me.
"If we'd played the same way last night we'd have lost 12-0, as Belfast are stacked, but we came out and battled, which was good to see."
Cale Tanaka put Stingrays ahead on 12 minutes, but Andrew Fournier, Will Colbert and Darryl Lloyd had made it 3-1 by the second break of a penalty-packed clash.
Noah Clarke added Belfast's fourth inside the last 10 minutes
On Saturday, Janis Ozolins put Stingrays ahead on 13.40, but Billy Bagron levelled at 16.39 and Mike Wirll nudged Dundee in front with seven seconds of the middle session remaining.
With Stingrays pressing for a game-tying goal, they pulled netminder Ben Bowns and Sami Ryhanan added the insurance goal at 59.56.