Hull Stingrays coach Cloutier praises Christian Boucher

Christian Boucher
Boucher is in his second season with the Stingrays

Hull Stingrays coach Sylvain Cloutier says goaltender Christian Boucher is one of the best in the Elite League.

The Canadian was named man of the match as he registered 33 saves during his first shut-out of the season in Saturday's 3-0 win over Edinburgh.

Cloutier told BBC Radio Humberside: "He's been one of our best players this season if not the best.

"If you put him in a Sheffield side or a Belfast team with the depth they have who knows how good he would be."

Cloutier added: "He's held us in so many games and if you look at the stats then we've lost by one goal in 11 out of 19 losses and if it wasn't for Boucher it could have been worse."

The 28-year-old's man-of-the-match performance helped his side end a four-game losing streak.

Cloutier put Stingrays ahead before Martin Ondrej hit his first goal of the campaign to double the lead with the victory sealed by Jereme Tendler.

The Rays were also in action on Sunday evening in a 5-2 defeat by Coventry Blaze at the Skydome, making it eight straight losses away from home.

After a delayed face-off after Blaze returned late from Belfast, Stingrays fell behind to a Greg Owen goal but Derek Campbell levelled against his former club.

Owen Fussey put Blaze back in front but the Stingrays responded through a Martin Ondrej goal before further strikes from Shea Guthrie and a second for Greg Owen restored the home side's cushion, with Jonathan Weaver wrapping up Coventry's win.

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