Shoot-out joy for Stingrays

HULL, UK – Rapid Solicitors Hull Stingrays bounced back to winning ways with a thrilling 4-3 shoot-out victory over Nottingham Panthers at Hull Arena in the Elite League.

Guillaume Doucet converted the winning penalty shot as Stingrays secured successive home triumphs over last season’s treble winners.

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Picture courtesy of Arthur Foster: Guillaume Doucet converts the winning penalty shot for Stingrays

Doucet put Stingrays ahead on the powerplay at 11.15 after a precise pass from Matty Davies – his 41st marker of the season.

Panthers hit back to level through David Clarke at 14.59 and then went in front with a powerplay goal from Greg Jacina at 18.17.

Two Jereme Tendler strikes in the second period helped Stingrays take a 3-2 lead, tying the game on the powerplay at 27.27 before claiming his 35th of the season at 34.43.

Panthers called a time-out with 83 seconds left and pulled netminder Craig Kowalski for an extra skater and the move worked as Matt Ryan made it 3-3 at 59.17.

After overtime failed to separate the sides, Stingrays won it in the shoot-out through Doucet after Carl Lauzon and Petr Kalus had scored after two shots each with Jacina then missing the third for Panthers.

Player-coach Sylvain Cloutier said: “It is a massive win for our club.

“When they tied the game at the end we were not sure if the puck actually went in but the referee gave it. We regrouped and ended up winning the game. Bownsy (Ben Bowns) and our shooters did a great job.

“That’s back-to-back home wins against Panthers which doesn’t happen often. They are still a good side but the guys never gave up and we found a way to win.”

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