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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze boss Karl Creamer wants to make most of Sutton Sting slip

FLINTSHIRE Freeze have been given a big confidence boost on the eve of Sunday’s crunch clash at Sutton Sting (4.45pm).

The Sting suffered a shock loss at Hull Stingrays last weekend which means the second-placed Freeze will pull four points clear of their promotion rivals with victory at Ice Sheffield.

The third-placed hosts go into the match as favourites having already beaten Karl Creamer’s men twice this season.

But Freeze head coach Creamer believes those defeats can be reversed.

He said: “Hull have done us a favour and no doubt the lads will have looked at the result and were boosted.

“There is everything to play for. It looks like Solway Sharks are going to run away with the league but second spot and the play-off place is up for grabs.

“The last time we played Sutton the lads came off the ice thinking they had under-performed. I don’t want that to happen – you’ve got 60 minutes so go and do something about it.

“I feel we’re more of a team now and I firmly believe we can win on Sunday.”

The Freeze, for whom it will be their first game in three weeks, will welcome back Alex Parry. The youngster has been playing inline hockey in Japan.