Cloutier takes the positives from Stingrays' opening Challenge Cup defeat
Coach Sylvain Cloutier believes Hull Stingrays have plenty to build on, despite going down 4-2 in their opening Challenge Cup clash with Nottingham Panthers.
Stingrays held their big-spending visitors to 2-2, having fought back from 2-0 down, only to leak two goals inside the last three minutes.
Matt Francis scored the only goal of the first period, before Bruce Graham extended the Panthers' lead.
Two goals in two minutes from Tomas Valecko and Jason Silverthorn left the game balanced on a knife-edge after 40 minutes, until Francis fired home a rebound and Pat Galivan netted to break Stingrays' hearts.
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Cloutier said: "I'm extremely happy with the way the guys played, particularly given we were missing Jereme Tendler, Shane Lovdahl and Andy Ward, you have to take the positives.
"I'm disappointed in the sense we could have had a point if we'd had a full line-up out, because I thought we ran out of gas in the last 10 minutes and Nottingham stepped it up."
Cloutier confirmed Tendler should be fully recovered from injury to play in Thursday's clash against Cardiff, while he is hopeful Lovdahl will receive his visa during the week.