Player-coach Richard Hartmann was left fuming after a poor defensive display saw Edinburgh Capitals lose 5-4 to Hull Stingrays at Murrayfield last night.
It was a result that, coupled with Saturday’s 6-3 defeat at Belfast Giants, saw Caps slip back to the bottom of the Elite League.
The experienced Slovakian also slammed his players for pre-game over confidence and a lack of effort, saying: “We didn’t play the way we’re supposed to and I don’t have a good word to say about anybody, it was a totally disgraceful effort. Hull sat back and waited for our mistakes – and we made a lot of them – in fact they should have scored more.”
Prior to last night, Edinburgh had won their previous four home games, including a convincing victory over Hull a fortnight ago, and Hartmann continued: “We were over-confident. We thought it was going to be easy and of course it never works like that. We will never win games thinking like that. What has disappointed me the most is that we did not show up – I promise we will be working hard to get ourselves back on track.”
In a game that saw Edinburgh’s defensive frailties once more exposed – they trailed 4-1 at the halfway point – Hartmann added: “Even when we’re winning we need to score five or six goals to do it and that’s very difficult. Defensively we did not play like we should last night, but that’s something the whole team should be criticised for. We did not play like a unit, more like five individuals.
“At one point, in our rink, we were three goals down against Conference rivals and that’s inexcusable. I’m hopeful that this performance is a one-off, but it doesn’t stop me being very disappointed.”
Hull deserved their victory and looked the hungrier of the two teams, breaking up play and intercepting wayward Edinburgh cross-ice passes that led to dangerous counter attacks.
Star Hull forward Jereme Tendler, who scored twice in picking up his team man-of-the-match award, reckoned the Stingrays, who added further goals from Jason Silverthorn, Kyle Mariani and the eventual game winner from Guillaume Doucet, got their match tactics spot on.
Tendler said: “Edinburgh have a good team and we pretty much lost to them 5-0 the last time we were up here. We capitalised on our chances and it’s a good two points for us. They have a bunch of players who like to pass across the middle of the ice and we knew if we clogged the neutral zone we could pick a few passes off. We ended up turning over some pucks which gave us some good scoring chances. That was the game plan and we stuck to it.”
Edinburgh were already trailing by a goal when Martin Cingel equalised on the power-play in the 13th minute.
However, that was as good as it got for the home side who were trailing 4-1 when Tomas Horna, at 30.14, and Curtis Leinweber, at 33.53, scored two quick goals to give the home fans some hope. But, according to Capitals skipper Cingel, conceding a fifth Stingrays goal less than two minutes later halted any momentum.
Cingel said: “We did well to pull it back to 4-3 and then a minute later they scored a fifth goal and that killed us. I thought we would be going into the final period down by one and I was confident we could pull it back, but we left ourselves too much to do.
“We made far too many mistakes in our own end and we did not deserve anything from the game”
With five minutes remaining, Horna scored his second and Edinburgh’s fourth goal deflecting an initial shot from Marcis Zembergs past Stingrays goalie Ben Bowns, but ultimately it was a case of too little too late for Edinburgh.
Cingel concluded: “If you score four goals in your own barn, you should be getting at least a point from the game. If we look at our other games we’ve needed to score five or six every night. There is obviously a major problem there.”