Davies wants Stingrays to up the ante

HULL, UK – Matty Davies knows Rapid Solicitors Hull Stingrays can crank up the pressure on their Elite League Gardiner Conference rivals with victory at Braehead Clan tomorrow night.

Stingrays sit two points ahead of Dundee Stars – who have three games in hand – and are three clear of Clan, who have played one match less in the conference.Hull Stingrays logo

Additionally, only six points separate Clan, who are second in the Elite League, and Stingrays in sixth as the battle for final positions and play-off places intensifies.

Davies, who has been included in the 35-man preliminary Great Britain squad for April’s World Championships in Lithuania, wants Stingrays to back up Sunday’s thrilling 4-3 shoot-out victory over Nottingham Panthers when they head north of the border.

Stingrays were shut-out on their previous trip to Glasgow but beat Clan in the first five meetings this season, two of which went to a shoot-out.

Davies said: “It was a fantastic performance and result against Panthers, we really deserved to win that game.

“The Fife result against Dundee went for us too and we have to make sure we build on that. It’s so tight in the league and the conference you can’t afford to have a bad game.

“We had a blip against Fife last week but were back on it against Nottingham and that is the level we need to find every game.

“We want to finish as high as we can in the league and obviously want to win the conference. We know it is a big game for us on Wednesday.”

Netminder Ben Bowns, also named in the initial GB squad, produced a man-of-the-match performance as Panthers lost for the second successive time at Hull Arena.

He said: “It was a massive win for us. We stuck to our systems and again showed what we can do when we are on our game.

“But Braehead is even more important for us because it is in the conference and they are on our tail so we need to get something out of that game.”

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