Mayer hat-trick powers Stingrays to league double over Edinburgh

THEY may have had to wait until the 17th week of the Elite League campaign, but Hull Stingrays were last night finally able to celebrate a maximum four-point weekend.

Hull Stingrays' players enjoyed a four-point weekend with two wins over rivals Edinburgh. Picture: Arthur Foster.

A five-goal, third-period blitz saw Omar Pacha’s team return home from Edinburgh Capitals with a 6-3 win, adding to the 3-2 triumph they enjoyed over the same opponents on home ice just 24 hours earlier.

After going behind at Murrayfield Arena to a strike from Rene Jarolin, Jordan Mayer levelled.

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Two goals in just over a minute from Cory Tanaka and Mayer gave Hull a two-goal cushion and although Edinburgh twice pulled back to within one through strikes from Jade Portwood and Greg Collins, further goals from Carl Lauzon and Will Frederick – followed by Mayer’s hat-trick marker at 56.15 – ensured the visitors will head into tomorrow’s clash at Cardiff Devils in buoyant mood.

On Saturday, although Capitals player-coach Richard Hartmann’s late strike ensured a nervous final few seconds for Hull, Pacha’s team fully deserved their win.

Ahead through Zach Hervato in the 11th-minute – cancelled out by Kyle Flemington at 21.43 – further goals from Jordan Knox and captain Matty Davies proved enough for both points.

Sheffield Steelers may have only picked up one point from their Christmas double header with arch-rivals Nottingham Panthers, but they still emerged from the weekend as overall leaders, albeit their advantage over second-placed Braehead Clan is down to just a point.

Steelers’ head coach Gerad Adams was far from happy, however, labelling some of the refereeing decisions at the National Ice Centre on Saturday night as a “joke”.

Those included a hooking call in the closing seconds of regulation on Mike Forney which resulted in a powerplay for Nottingham in which they scored the game-winning goal just 38 seconds into overtime.

Colton Fretter and Robert Dowd put Steelers 2-0 up before Chris Lawrence and Charles Landry levelled.