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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze coach KArl Creamer loses his cool after sub-par performance against Sutton Sting

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A FURIOUS Karl Creamer will this week ask his players what they want to achieve this season after a disappointing display at Sutton Sting.

After highlighting the Sting match as a must-win game if the Freeze hope to make a play for second spot in EIHL North 2, head coach Creamer watched as a handful of his key players seemed off the pace against their main league rivals.

“I can only assume it is fitness because I don’t believe the Sting are better than us,” he said.

“Some of the lads came to play and they did well, but against Sutton everybody has to want it, everybody has to deliver, it’s a 60-minute game and some of the lads only played for 20 minutes.

“They now need to ask themselves why.”

The Freeze had already lost goal threat Chris Jones after he requested a transfer to North One side Telford Titans and their task was made harder by the sporadic fixture list that left them with one game in the last month.

In the first period they competed, James Parsons and Marc Lovell scoring as they trailed 3-2 at the break.

But things degenerated from there, as Sutton pulled away and Creamer lost his cool, being sent from the bench by the referees as a result.

The coach planned to drill his players hard this week to ensure they go into the Christmas break on a high by beating Fylde Flyers at Deeside Leisure Centre on Sunday (6.40pm).

“I am expecting a reaction, I want to see someone make something happen,” said Creamer.

“Sometimes a big hit is what a team needs to get them going. That didn’t happen last week and I want to see a bit more desire and grit from the guys on the ice this weekend.”