Dulle: We've got no margin for errors
CAPTAIN Kurtis Dulle says Hull Stingrays have no more excuses for not getting their act together this season.
Dulle's side sits bottom of the Elite League, six points adrift of this weekend's opponents Fife, who occupy the eighth and last play-off spot.
Although the Rapid Solicitors Stingrays have 20 games remaining to overtake their rivals, they have won just twice in their last 16 games.
A frustrated Dulle said: "We've just got to be ready to go. There are no more excuses, we have to come in and do a job.
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"Enough is enough. I'm fed up of hearing people saying 'the team played well, better luck next time' after another defeat. There's no next time, it's got to happen now."
The season is by no means over as Stingrays were involved in a similarly tough battle to reach the play-offs last season.
Eventually they qualified in seventh and caused one of the upsets of the season by beating Sheffield on aggregate to set up a semi-final date with Nottingham Panthers.
"We didn't want to put ourselves in the same position again this year, but we have," said Dulle.
"We'll soon need to pull off something miraculous if we want to get in the play-offs.
"It's an individual thing but it's a team sport so everyone has to be ready to go. We have to take the lead and not look back."
Stingrays did take the lead last Saturday against Braehead, leading 1-0 until the final few minutes before leaking a late equaliser and then losing on penalty shots for the eighth time this season.
Sunday turned into a nightmare in Edinburgh as Stingrays somehow out-shot their hosts 14-11 in the first period, but trailed 6-1.
They fought back valiantly to 9-5 but Dulle and his side returned home to Hull with just one point to show for their efforts.
"Braehead were short of players and the points were there for the taking," said the 33-year-old Canadian.
"We had them at 1-0 in their own rink and found a way to blow it. I don't care where you are in the league, a shoot-out is an equal opportunity to a win game. "We are obviously having issues on penalty shots, we need to sort that out, but some of those games should not even get as far as shoot-outs.
"I'm trying to pretend Edinburgh didn't happen. I blame myself as a leader. Matty Davies took a penalty that I didn't think was one.
"I took one, and then another where there was pushing and shoving and only I got a penalty. Then I got mad and ended up with a 10."
And Dulle says Stingrays must forget about scoring "TV" goals and get stuck in.
"We are playing well, but on the powerplay, for instance, we move the puck nicely but need to score more goals on it," he added.
"It's not about scoring "all-star" goals, it's about getting those dirty, greasy ones.
"We need to crash the net, slash and whack, that's what we have to start doing. We are on our heels, there's no room for error now. I don't care how we do it, we have to find ways to win."