Conference lead is in Stingrays’ sights

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HULL Stingrays head to Scotland knowing a four-point weekend will put them top of the Elite League’s Gardiner Conference.

Stingrays take on Fife Flyers in Kirkcaldy tonight night sitting three points behind leaders Braehead Clan in the conference with a game in hand.

They then face Edinburgh Capitals tomorrow looking to make amends for their 5-3 loss in Murrayfield last month.

Another trip north sees them visit Dundee Stars on Thursday before a home game with Edinburgh two days later ends a four-game schedule against their conference rivals.

“The next four games are huge,” said Hull player-coach Sylvain Cloutier.

“It is a chance for us to move away from the teams at the bottom of the league and put us in a really good position in our conference.

“Fife are a solid team. We won 4-1 up there last time but it was not a 4-1 game. Fife had a lot of chances that night but didn’t take them. We did and got two important points.

“Edinburgh are the hottest team in the league right now. It is a tough building to go and play but we have no excuses this time, there will be no travelling and long bus journey.

“We cannot keep falling behind and trying to come back. We will be looking to get a jump on them and be desperate from the start.

“It was embarrassing what happened last time in Edinburgh and we want to bounce back from that by picking up the two points.”

Unusually, Sheffield Steelers are without a game this weekend, but return to action on Wednesday when they entertain Edinburgh at Ice Sheffield (7.30pm).