Cloutier praise for five-star Stingrays Hull get big win over Steelers

HULL, UK – Player-coach Sylvain Cloutier hailed “a massive team performance” after Rapid Solicitors Hull Stingrays bolstered their Elite League play-off hopes with a 5-1 victory over Sheffield Steelers at Hull Arena.

Carl Lauzon and Jason Silverthorn netted at the start and end of the first period before a Cloutier brace and Jereme Tendler powerplay added further markers in the second session.

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Sylvain Cloutier – file photo by Stingrays photographer Arthur Foster

Goaltender Ben Bowns was in fantastic form, making 51 saves in a man of the match performance, but his hopes of a first shut-out this term were ended by Robert Dowd with just 45 seconds left.

Cloutier said: “It was a massive team performance. We played extremely well in the first two periods, in the third we sat back a bit but give them credit because they outplayed us.

“We needed Bownsy to be solid and he was. He made some big saves for us, it was just disappointing we could not get the shut-out for him.

“The two points was all that mattered, though. We know we need to get points from all of our remaining games with the league so tight and teams around us picking up wins too.

“Sheffield are a good team and they have turned the corner since G [coach Gerad Adams] took over but we played hard and got to the dirty areas, which we had got away from.”

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