Motivation lacking for Dundee Stars, says Martin Cingel
Dundee Stars' Martin Cingel admits it can be difficult to get players motivated when there is nothing to play for.
Head coach Jeff Hutchins was absent because of family reasons, leaving veteran player Cingel in charge, with mixed results.
While the Slovakian held his hands up for Saturday's disastrous 12-0 loss to Cardiff Devils, he was pleased at the response in Sunday's 6-1 win over Hull Stingrays.
He said: "Not having anything to play for is hard, but the players have to be motivated if they are looking for contracts next year and they have to play with pride.
"They got that back against Hull and at this stage of the season and where we are, that's all we can ask for.
"But I'll take the blame for what happened in Cardiff because I was the person in charge and it was up to me to get the players ready, but that didn't happen.
"Against Hull on Sunday, we looked at the mistakes from Saturday, followed the game plan and the response from the boys was great."
Dundee's weekend was a mixed affair, but going down 12-0 at the hands of title challengers Cardiff Devils would have been sore.
The Welsh side, who went on to win the Challenge Cup by beating Sheffield Steelers 2-1 on Sunday, romped to a 7-0 lead after the first period.
Jake Morrissette made it eight in the second before Chris Culligan, Trevor Hendrikx, Joey Martin and Andrew Lord completed the rout.
Back on Tayside on Sunday, Stars hosted Hull Stingrays and restored that much needed pride with a 6-1 win over the Humberside men.
The Stars went three ahead in the first period through James Isaacs and a double from John Dolan.
Eric Galbraith pulled one back for Hull, but a double from Igor Gongalsky and a goal from Kyle Gibbons ended the weekend with two points for the bottom of the table side.
Braehead Clan's lead at the top of the Elite League was cut to one point after Nottingham Panthers inflicted a 6-0 defeat on them.
It finished a disappointing week that saw Clan blanked twice in the space of four nights, following Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Sheffield Steelers as well.
Max Langelier-Parent and Guillaume Doucet got their names on the scoresheet first as Panthers took control of the game.
Doucet then added his second and Nottingham's third before Brandon Benedict effectively killed the game off to make it 4-0 after two periods.
The home team then made it an emphatic result with Robert Lachowicz and Ed Mosey completing the scoring on a poor night for the Clan.
Edinburgh Capitals' play-off hopes hang in the balance as they were comprehensively thumped 5-0 at Coventry Blaze.
Derek Lee and Jereme Tendler put the Blaze 2-0 up inside the opening five minutes to set their stall out early and give the Caps a hill to climb.
Further goals from Mike Egener and Ben Arnt doubled the lead and effectively sealed the points to strengthen their own play-off position.
Ryan O'Marra then added a fifth without reply for good measure as the Blaze climbed above Fife Flyers in sixth place.
The Kirkcaldy men completed a fairly miserable Saturday night for the Scottish teams as they went down 3-1 at home to Hull Stingrays.
Carl Lauzon's second period opener for the Stingrays was cancelled out by Scott Fleming's equaliser as Fife looked to turn things around.
Jordan Mayer edged the visitors ahead in the third, but Cory Tanaka's empty net goal made sure of the points as Fife fell to seventh place, before they went to Dundee 24 hours later.
Cardiff Devils 12-0 Dundee Stars
Coventry Blaze 5-0 Edinburgh Capitals
Fife Flyers 1-3 Hull Stingrays
Nottingham Panthers 6-0 Braehead Clan
Dundee Stars 6-1 Hull Stingrays