Old School Stingrays
The 2011/12 season has been unlucky for the Hull Stingrays. The amount of games they have lost in the final two minutes are into double figures, players have been released , new blood brought in yet still they are falling at the final hurdle.
Despite having twenty one regulation losses, two over time losses and two shoot out losses the Stingrays still find themselves clinging on to the eighth spot and thus are in the playoff zone. The Stingrays also hold two top twenty scorers in the team in the shape of Jereme Tendler and Jason Silverthorn, this combined with the “talent” of Derek Campbell patrolling the ice chirping everyone and everything in sight, playing against Hull isn’t as open and shut as the league position might suggest.
There is another thing heavily playing in the Stingrays favour and that is the brand of hockey they play. It’s not the well polished, slick passing of the Giants and Panthers of the league it is old school hockey. Gritty plays, getting in the dirty areas and fighting for every puck for sixty minutes (well fifty eight minutes). Hull coach Sylvian Clouthier lives and dies by this brand of hockey and, though it is not paying them that well so far this season, it is only one or two good bounces away from the team getting a run together. They are only four points behind the team in seventh, the Edinburgh Capitals, so if they can get a bit of good luck taking over them is a real possibility.
If the league was to then remain as it is now that would put them up against the Panthers. Nottingham notoriously struggle in Hull and if the top twenty guys, the Derek Campbells and the gritty style can unite for those two games who is saying that Hull cannot make the final four week end. As long as the coach, the players and the fans keep the belief anything may be possible and you never know it may be a few old school guys from Humberside holding a trophy over there heads come early April.