After 2 overtime loses and 1 win in the playoffs, the Rays needed two wins from this
weekend's home and away games against the Dundee Stars and Guildford to beat the
Vipers in their 2 games.
First up was the home tie but it wasn't to be ... Not wanting to ramble on, the
game finished 5-1 with Dave Pyatt scoring the only goal for the Stingrays in the third period.
After the game had finished it was great to see the players leave the ice and do a lap of honour,
shaking hands, cuddling and signing autographs for the fans.
It has been a disappointing end to what still has been an amazing season for Hull,
but I just can't stop thinking what could have happened.
We where second in the league all season, apart from the last few weeks.
We finished fourth and then seemed to run out of steam going into the playoffs.
Rick Strachan has put together a strong squad but next year if we are to carry
on challenging for silverware, I feel that strength and depth will be needed.
I would like to thank Mike and Sue Pack, Rick Strachan, all the backroom staff
and especially the players for a season that will remain in my memory for as long as I live.
Only about 5 and a half months until another season and yes, I am counting the months,
days and hours until I'm back at the Hull Arena.
And if you're interested, the Rays won away in Dundee 3-6 and Newcastle lost
both games against Guildford.
Sports - Hull Stingrays vs Guildford Flames - Saturday 5th March 05 By Matt Photos by Arthur Foster
On form, Guildford Flames visited the Hull Arena on Saturday night for a BNL
play off match.
Slava Koulikov took the lead for the Stingrays after 3:44 gone in the first period.
Smarciak equalised for the Flames when he found some room behind the
Sports - Hull Stingrays vs Newcastle Vipers - 2nd March 05 By Matt Photos by Arthur Foster
After a 1-0 loss at home to Newcastle in the final league game of the season,
the Vipers returned to the Hull Arena on Wednesday might for the first game in the playoffs.
Longstaff opened the scoring after 5 minutes taking a shot
Sports - Hull Stingrays vs Edinburgh Capitals - 23rd February 05 By Matt Photos by Arthur Foster
A under strength Edinburgh Capitals visited the Hull Arena on Wednesday
night and Hull Stingrays can go into this Saturdays game against Newcastle
Vipers on the back of a 7-1 victory over thier Scottish counterparts.
Jeff Glowa opened the scoring after one and a
Sports - Hull Stingrays vs Guildford Flames - 12th February 05 By Matt Photos by Arthur Foster
After a midweek 2-0 home defeat to newly crowned BNL champions Bracknell
Bees, Guildford Flames visited the Hull Arena.
It didn't take long for them to make
Sports - Hull Stingrays vs Edinburgh Capitals - 5th February 05 By Matt Photos by Arthur Foster
Edinburgh Capitals were the visitors to the Hull Arena this weekend.
Early on in the first the Capitals found the Stingrays napping and good work
behind Ladislav Kudrna's net gave him space to chip the puck over Kudrnas stick and
find Martin Cingel in front of the net to fire
Sports - Hull Stingrays vs Newcastle Vipers - 30th January 05 By Matt Photos by Arthur Foster
Newcastle Vipers were the visitors this weekend to the Hull Arena.
It was bound to be a gruelling match, with both teams securing 2nd place in the
table - and it lived up to expectations.
Jeff Glowa, who has stepped up his game big time
Sports - Hull Stingrays vs Sheffield Steelers - 23rd January 05 By Matt Photos by Arthur Foster
After losing to top of the Elite League Belfast the previous night, The Stingrays were
visiting Elite League champions Sheffield Steelers.
Sheffield Steelers had most of the possession in the first period but Hull came
closest to opening the scoring when
Sports - Hull Stingrays vs Belfast Giants - 22nd January 05 By Matt Photos by Arthur Foster
After being knocked out of theWinter cup on Wednesday night, the Hull Stingrays had another two
hard games this weekend; Top of the Elite League Belfast Giants visited the Hull Arena on Saturday night.
George Awada gave The Giants the lead in
Sports - Hull Stingrays vs Fife Flyers 16th January 05 By Matt Photos by Arthur Foster
Hull Stingrays gained four points this weekend with two wins against Scottish opposition.
On Saturday Hull travelled north of the border to visit Edinburgh Capitals
and goals from Alipov, Koulikov, Rublivsky and Glowa saw them come away with a 4-1 win.
Sports - Hull Stingrays vs Bracknell Bees - Winter Cup Semi 12th January 05 By Matt Photos by Arthur Foster
Hull Stingrays played host to BNL table-topping Bracknell Bees in the Winter Cup semi-final at
the Hull Arena.
Hull started of the better of the two sides with Alipov opening the scoring but Mike Ellis equalized for the Bees only a minute later.
Sports - Hull Stingrays vs Dundee Stars - 29th December 04 By Matt Photos by Arthur Foster
Stingrays have successfully strung up a second successive League victory - after beating the
Newcastle Vipers away on Wednesday 22nd December, Stingrays raced their way to a
4-0 lead, before the Vipers made a tense end to the game by scoring 3
Sports - Hull Stingrays vs Fife Flyers - 19th December 04 By Matt Photos by Arthur Foster
Hull Stingrays finished their Winter Cup group games with a
5-2 defeat to Fife Flyers.
Stingrays still finish fourth in the league and will meet Bracknell Bees
in the semi-finals.
Hull, who had Alipov out - injured after Friday night's 2-0 defeat to
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Sports - Hull Stingrays vs Basingstoke Bison - 5th December 04 By Matt Photos by Arthur Foster
Hull Stingrays suffered their third loss on the bounce after a 3-2 loss to
bottom of the Elite League Basingstoke Bison.
Pavol Rieciciar gave the Bison the lead after some poor defending with only 3.44 on the clock,
but Dru Burgess levelled things out when he received a defence-splitting