Hull Stingrays suffer back-to-back defeats to Braehead

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Dominic Osman (right) closes in on the Braehead Clan goal

Hull Stingrays suffered back-to-back Elite League defeats to Braehead Clan after a 7-4 reverse at Hull Arena and a 3-1 loss in Scotland.

The Clan have now beaten the Rays in four consecutive games this season.

Rays coach Sylvain Cloutier told BBC Radio Humberside: "We're extremely disappointed as we had a chance to take four points this weekend.

"We have a good team but right now we're not smart enough to get wins. We are going to have to shake things up."

In the game in Scotland, Adam Walker gave Clan the lead after just 117 seconds and Jordan Krestanovich added a second in the seventh minute.

Derek Campbell pulled one back for the Rays before Krestanovich added a third to wrap the win for the home side.

We didn't stick to our game plan - Cloutier

A high scoring affair followed at the Hull Arena with Brock McPherson scoring four times for the visitors.

Jordan Krestanovich put Clan ahead but Stingrays levelled within 33 seconds through Dmitry Rodin's goal and they nudged in front thanks to a strike from Jason Silverthorn.

McPherson tied the game at 2-2 before Matty Davies moved Stingrays back in front.

However, two goals in two minutes from McPherson and Jade Galbraith put the Clan in charge once again.

McPherson and Jack Watkins traded powerplay goals to keep it the game close but McPherson and Adam Walker added further strikes for Clan.

Cloutier criticised the attitude of some of his players.

"We talked about it before the game, you've got to play as a team. We don't have one guy that can go through everybody and win us games, it's got to be as a group and as a team," he said.

"It's been a really frustrating season. You can use all the excuses, we were missing imports, we were missing guys in the line-up, but everybody goes through that through the year and you've hot to find a way to win games."

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