Hull Stingrays bottom of Elite League after Dundee defeat
COACH Sylvain Cloutier is demanding improvements after an eighth straight defeat dumped Hull Stingrays to the foot of the Elite League table.
Having lost 6-0 to reigning play-off champions and Challenge Cup holders Nottingham Panthers on Saturday, Stingrays slipped to a 2-1 defeat after penalty shots in Dundee last night.
The Rapid Solicitors Stingrays' coach said: "We battled hard to take a point in Dundee last night, but I'm extremely disappointed to be looking at eight straight defeats.
"I believe this group of players is better than that."
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However, given the dismal run, it would be no surprise if Cloutier starts to roll the team-change dice within days.
Last night in Dundee Jereme Tendler's eighth-minute goal separated the sides until Doug Krantz's 25th-minute leveller.
No further regulation-time or sudden-death overtime scoring meant a penalty shoot-out.
With Cale Tanaka and Tendler failing with their attempts and only Janis Ozolins converting, Sami Ryhanen and Mike Wirll netted to give Dundee victory.
On Saturday, Stingrays' Achilles heel – the second period – was once again at fault.
David Clarke put the Panthers ahead at 12.04. Guy Lepine (powerplay) scored for 2-0 at 25.21 and a short-hander from Matt Francis at 34.13 made it 3-0.
Two goals in 32 seconds put Panthers 5-0 up as David Ling (38.14) and Jason Beckett (38.46) netted.
Bruce Graham made it 6-0 at 41.01 with Panthers keeper Craig Kowalski making a 17-save shut-out.
Cloutier said: "We played well in the first period but the wheels fell off in the second.
"We beat ourselves, the second period was not good enough.
"You can't give teams like Panthers that much momentum as they punish you."