Ice hockey: Capitals losing run goes on

Edinburgh Capitals' Peter Holecko tries to connect with a Curtis Leinweber's pass. Pic: Jan Orkisz/SMP
Edinburgh Capitals' Peter Holecko tries to connect with a Curtis Leinweber's pass. Pic: Jan Orkisz/SMP
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EDINBURGH CAPITALS lost their second game of the weekend against Conference rivals Hull Stingrays, going down 5-2 in England last night.

Coupled with Saturday’s 4-3 home defeat at Murrayfield, the results extend Edinburgh’s losing run to 11 games. Ex-Capitals forward Jason Silverthorn scored twice in both matches to provide the sting in the tail for the Midlands outfit.

Disgruntled Capitals bench coach Jock Hay admitted experienced players had been posted missing defensively in a match the visitors actually dominated for large periods and that the team had serious problems to address if they were to have any chance of saving what so far has been a miserable season.

Edinburgh had looked the better side, leading 2-1 at the game’s halfway point, goals by Jan Safar and Michal Dobron cancelling out a Silverthorn opener for the home side, but Edinburgh’s inability to capitalise on a five on three power-play proved costly as Stingrays top scorer, Jereme Tendler, equalised in the 31st minute. Edinburgh have now failed to hold on to a lead in seven straight games.

Hay said: “We dominated the whole game, apart from an eight-minute spell when we lost that goal, as well as two more to find ourselves 4-2 down. The standard of our general play and the chances we created did not warrant that scoreline. We should have been about four goals up before that even happened. I can think of six or seven premium opportunities we created and we didn’t take any of them”

Hay added: “The stats don’t lie. The fact we outshot them 41 to 29 tell us we have two problems here. We couldn’t score ourselves and we couldn’t stop them scoring at the other end. To lose five goals on 29 shots, and I’m not blaming Tomas (goalie Tomas Hiadlovsky) because at times we left him out to dry, as a defensive unit it does not make good reading. Our penalty kill has not been good enough; we conceded three power-play goals, and four on Saturday. There are guys who have not been helping out defensively and that needs to be addressed.”

Hull’s third and fourth goals came from Guillaume Doucet and Silverthorn, Doucet grabbing his second late on to complete the scoring.

In Saturday’s Murrayfield clash, first goals of the season by Michal Benadik and Peter Holecko, who scored twice, were not enough as Silverthorn’s double, added to markers by Carl Lauzon and Omar Pacha gave the Stingrays the spoils.

Following a weekend which leaves Edinburgh four points adrift at the foot of the Elite League table, Hay said: “We’ve given Hull a four-point weekend, Fife have had a four point weekend and Dundee could already be out of sight. We’re getting left behind here.

“We need commitment from every player. We have the opportunity to get out of this, but we need to do something about it pretty quick, before the hole we’ve dug for ourselves gets too deep.”