Hull Stingrays beat Cardiff Devils to book Challenge Cup quarter-finals place
HULL Stingrays completed the double over Cardiff Devils to book their place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
The 4-3 win means Stingrays have five points, two ahead of the Devils, with one game each left to play.
Cardiff can still draw level on points in Group B, if they win their last match and Stingrays lose theirs.
However, Sylvain Cloutier's men are through, as sides finishing on the same points are separated by regulation-time wins, followed by all wins and then the results between the two teams.
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Cloutier said: "Cardiff is always a difficult place to play, but we got off to a flying start and then had to dig really deep.
"It was a massive win for us as it was our big chance to book our place in the quarter-finals."
Stingrays took full advantage of the fact the Devils were missing Max Birbraer and Devin Didiomete, following their bans after a post-match fracas against Coventry last Sunday.
Jason Silverthorn and Jereme Tendler put Stingrays 2-0 up inside 10 minutes before Cale Tanaka added an 18th-minute third. Tom Squires – Rapid Solicitors Stingrays new two-way signing from Sheffield Steeldogs – netted a 24th-minute fourth.
But Cardiff then turned the tables with Chris Blight and Gerad Adams netting two powerplay goals in four second-period minutes and Mac Faulkner's powerplay goal on 46 minutes.
The hosts piled on the pressure in the closing stages, but Stingrays clung grimly on for victory.