Hull all smiles after maximum return

A FIRST maximum weekend return of the Elite League season proved enough to lift Hull Stingrays to the top of the Gardiner Conference.

GET IN: Hull's Jereme Tendler scores against Edinburgh Capitals on Sunday night. Picture: Arthur Foster.

It’s a marked contrast to just two weeks ago for Sylvain Cloutier’s side after two defeats to Dundee Stars extended their losing streak to seven games. Saturday night’s 4-3 win at Edinburgh Capitals was followed by a 5-2 success over the same team at home last night.

Jason Silverthorn proved the star of the weekend, scoring two goals in each game, including the game-winner at Murrayfield.

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On Sunday, Silverthorn started where he’d left off when giving Hull a ninth-minute lead on the powerplay. A three-goal second period with strikes from Jereme Tendler, Guillaume Doucet and Silverthorn saw Hull enjoy a 4-2 lead going into the third, where Doucet grabbed his second of the night in 56th minute.

“It was a really important weekend for us,” said Cloutier, “If we didn’t get anything we would have been at the bottom but by winning both we are only a few points of the top five.

“We have been playing really well on the road in Scotland but it was good to get a home win. We have played better games at home and not got the results so it was good to find a way to win.

“We deserved our four-point weekend. Our goal was to leave Edinburgh behind us. We have been playing well for six weeks with no results but finally we are starting to get some results.”

It was a bad weekend for Sheffield Steelers, who found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline twice – first at home to Fife Flyers before an overtime loss last night at Coventry Blaze.

Missing head coach Doug Christiansen who was back in the United States following the death of his father, Steelers were 2-0 down at the end of the first against Fife following goals by Jordan Fulton and Bobby Chaumont. Robert Dowd halved the deficit at 24.17, only for Chaumont to restore his side’s two-goal lead 37 seconds later.

Jonathan Phillips made it 3-2 at 53.57, but it was Fife’s night.

Stefan Meyer and Tim Spencer scored third period goals for Steelers at the Skydome Arena, but a Ryan Ginand strike 58 seconds into overtime earned hosts Coventry the extra point.