High time for Stingrays after Tendler hat-trick

HULL STINGRAYS enjoyed their biggest win of the season to keep themselves ahead of the chasing pack in the Elite League’s Gardiner Conference.

Player-coach Sylvain Cloutier will be happy with the points return his team have produced in the last five Conference games against Scottish rivals, rounding off the sequence in style on Saturday night with a 7-1 hammering of Edinburgh Capitals at Hull Ice Arena.

Hull have taken eight points from a possible 10 in those five games – including three wins – and, heading into a busy Christmas period, their play-off bid is the strongest it has been all season.

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Jereme Tendler was the star of the show against Edinburgh, bagging himself a hat-trick. He netted his first with just 82 seconds on the clock and added a second at 12.33. Cloutier made it 3-0 at 13.16 before the Caps netted their only goal of the game 39 seconds later through Marc Fowley.

Hull’s three-goal lead was restored, however, when Jason Silverthorn scored at 16.50 while on a 5-on-3 powerplay.

It became 5-1 at 29.36 when Guillaume Doucet fired home, with two further goals coming in the third period from Pavel Gomeniuk and Tendler.

It proved to be a bad weekend for Sheffield Steelers, however, following up a 5-2 defeat at leaders Belfast Giants with a 4-1 
reverse at Coventry Blaze.

While the scoreline somewhat flattered Belfast on Saturday – they scored two empty-net goals in the final minute – the blank weekend leaves Doug Christiansen’s team way off the pace in the title race, the Giants currently 11 points ahead.

Steve Goertzen had opened the scoring in the sixth minute at the Odyssey Arena before Belfast took control with goals from Colin Shields (2) and Rob Sandrock.

Drew Fata made it 3-2 at 58.20 but, chasing the game and with goaltender Frank Doyle pulled, Sandrock and then Kevin Saurette sealed both points for Belfast.

Nat DiCasmirro was on target for the Steelers in Coventry, but it proved in vain as Kenny Kallstrom, Cale Tanaka, Steven Chalmers and Russ Cowley found the net for the home side.