Stingrays defeat Cardiff Devils in Challenge Cup
COACH Sylvain Cloutier says Rapid Solicitors Hull Stingrays will take the positives from their 7-5 victory over Cardiff and put them to good use against Dundee on Sunday.
Jereme Tendler's hat-trick was the cornerstone of the vital Challenge Cup win at Hull Arena.
Stingrays now turn their attention to their own Northern Conference Elite League games with a trip to the Stars.
Cloutier said: "The guys stuck to the system and battled hard for 60 minutes, which is what I wanted to see. We know we have to work on some things, but it was an important win ahead of going to Dundee."
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Stingrays were once again missing American defenceman Shane Lovdahl, who is still awaiting his visa.
Ryan Hand gave Stingrays' a flying start after just 47 seconds, but impressive duo Chris Blight and Mac Faulkner both netted to put Devils in front at the first break.
Cale Tanaka's goal drew Stingrays level, only for Faulkner to grab his second almost immediately.
Two powerplay strikes from fit-again Tendler left it 4-3 to Stingrays after 40 minutes.
Tendler completed his hat-trick just after the break and when Jason Silverthorn made it 6-3 with 12 minutes left it looked game over.
The alarm bells sounded after two goals in 13 seconds from Faulkner and Max Birbraer.
However, Stingrays clung on, with Tomas Valecko scoring on the empty net inside the last minute after Cardiff pulled keeper Phil Osaer in favour of the extra out-ice skater.