Cloutier: We all know what game means

HULL,UK – Rapid Solicitors Hull Stingrays player-coach Sylvain Cloutier believes Sunday’s final-day decider with Sheffield Steelers at Hull Arena is one of the biggest games in the club’s history.

A bumper crowd is anticipated as Stingrays look to secure a Rapid Solicitors Elite League play-off place but know even a victory may not guarantee them extending their season.Hull Stingrays logo

Two years ago Stingrays produced one of the biggest upsets in British ice hockey by knocking Steelers out of the play-offs to reach the final four weekend in Nottingham.

A semi-final defeat to eventual champions Nottingham Panthers saw Stingrays’ dream come to an end but Cloutier feels Sunday’s game is just as huge.

The 40-year-old former NHL forward, said: “We all know what the game means. If we play our game and play the way we can we will give ourselves a chance.

“We have a lot of experience in the team and these are the games you want to play in. It will be like a Game Seven, there will be a full house and it is going to be a fun game to play in.

“No-one gave us a chance to get to the final four but looking back I think we were just happy to be there. This game is just as big and we all know what is at stake. Hopefully we can get some help from the hockey gods.”

Victory for Stingrays will be their 100th home win in all Elite League competitions.

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