HULL, UK – British forward Matty Davies hailed “a massive win” after Rapid Solicitors Hull Stingrays came from three goals down to beat Cardiff Devils 5-3 at Hull Arena.
Davies, who was celebrating his 24th birthday, netted the game-winning goal as Stingrays consolidated sixth place in the Rapid Solicitors Elite League.
Goals from Mac Faulkner (0.55 penalty shot), Markus Rama (5.32) and Matt Myers (8.11) helped Devils surge into an early 3-0 lead but Jereme Tendler (17.40 powerplay) and Guillaume Doucet (38.39) made it a one-goal game.
Two goals inside 69 seconds from Omar Pacha (50.01) and Davies (51.10 powerplay) fired Stingrays into the lead for the first time and Doucet’s second of the night at 57.05 ensured the two points.
Davies said: “In the first period we were not ready and they jumped on us. I always had confidence we would come back and we just needed that next goal. The goal we got right at the end of the second was big too.
“We made it hard for ourselves but we managed to stay in the game and it was good to come back and get what is a massive win for us.”
Stingrays face Fife Flyers in Kirkcaldy tonight in a crunch Gardiner Conference clash with the Scottish side seven points adrift of a play-off place but full of confidence themselves after their own comeback heroics on Saturday night.
Flyers, who won 7-3 at Hull Arena earlier this month, came from 4-0 down to beat Braehead Clan 6-4 at home and Davies knows they are in for another tough game north of the border.
He added: “Our next four games are massive for us. They are all in our conference and will go a long to way to determining where we finish in our conference as well as the league.
“It was a huge win for them [against Braehead] but we need to take advantage of that now. We also don’t want them creeping up on us. It’s crunch time and we need to get the job done.”