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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze head coach Karl Creamer expects to make big play for second place but wants fewer gaps in the schedule

KARL Creamer is still focused on nailing down second place and the chance of promotion from EIHA North Two for the Flintshire Freeze as they return to action this weekend.

A double-header awaits the Freeze with games on Saturday at Sheffield Senators and Sunday at home to Hull Stingrays.

And although Deeside Ice Rink has been closed over Christmas, head coach Creamer believes his side still has the quality to keep themselves on track.

“Everyone is in the same boat over Christmas as the rinks are shut,” he said. “But I am expecting a fully fit and determined squad of players to be ready to battle this weekend.”

Despite the Freeze sitting second in the table behind runaway leaders Solway Sharks, Creamer is taking nothing for granted.

Hull beat the Flintshire side’s biggest rivals, Sutton Sting, who sit one place behind the Freeze with a game in hand, and the head coach was keen to remind his players that they will have to earn what they get.

“I don’t know how they did it but Hull got a result against Sutton,” he said. “They have improved as the season has gone on and at the moment on any given day, any team can beat any other, with the exception of Solway.

“But I believe with the team spirit, work ethic and ability my team has we could even give the Sharks a good game now.

“My goal hasn’t changed, I am still aiming for second place in the league. We will need other teams to do us a favour by taking points off Sutton but we have to focus on what we are doing.

“No-one is going to give us anything, but if we work as a team and work hard the rewards will come.”

After this weekend the Freeze are without a game until January 22 in a season which has been punctuated by big gaps in the schedule.

“I’m not sure why, whether it is due to a lack of officials or what, but I wish they could give us at least one match every weekend,” said Creamer.