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Ice hockey: Karl Creamer unhappy after Hull Stingrays field Elite League keeper against Flintshire Freeze

DESPITE taking three points from a double-header weekend, Flintshire Freeze head coach Karl Creamer was disappointed his side missed out on a maximum haul.

A great performance against Sheffield Senators on Saturday night was followed up by an average display overall against a Hull Stingrays side determined to keep the Freeze locked down.

So much so that they drafted in netminder Andy Brummitt from their Elite League side to keep the Freeze at bay.

On Saturday they blasted the Senators away 6-2 thanks to goals from James Parsons (2), Simon Furnival (2) and Marc Lovell (2).

But against Hull they had many shots and would likely have won had the visitors to the Deeside Ice Rink not fielded Brummitt in goal.

Parsons and Andrew Chappell did find a way through but Hull matched them, despite the heroic efforts of man-of-the-match netminder Matty Compton, as it ended 2--2.

“I was surprised Sheffield didn’t give us a sterner test,” said Freeze head coach Creamer.

“We only ran with two lines and everyone played really well so I fielded the same two lines the next day.

“One still ran at 100% but the other was not pulling as hard. That and the fact Hull brought a keeper from the top division in the country, which I felt was unfair, meant we didn’t get what we should have from the weekend. Most teams would be happy with three points but I am not.

“I shook things up in the end and brought some youth in as Hull fielded a very young side and but we still should have got more out of our games.”

The Freeze next take to the ice on Sunday, January 22 when Solway Sharks visit.