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Ice hockey: Flintshire Freeze miss out on play-offs but Karl Creamer believes in club’s promotion ambition

KARL Creamer said his Flintshire Freeze players can still ‘hold their heads high’ despite missing out on a place in the promotion play-offs.

After suffering a double defeat over the weekend, it is now mathematically impossible for Freeze to seize second place from Sutton Sting, who will play for promotion from EIHA North Two at the end of the season.

Creamer’s men lost at runaway leaders Solway Sharks on Saturday before being edged out by Hull Stingrays on Sunday at Deeside.

The Solway game was almost a formality as the Scots, having strolled the league this season, won 10-0. But against Hull the Freeze had a chance and that was demonstrated with the vigour with which the Freeze attacked the game.

Unfortunately, one of Hull’s most potent weapons is their goalkeeper, Andrew Brummitt, and he proved the difference as he kept the Freeze at bay.

Aled Roberts and Ben Simister scored the goals as the Freeze found themselves trailing 3-2 in the third period with 41 seconds remaining.

Creamer decided to pull netminder Matty Compton out and replace him with another outfielder as he gambled on taking the game to overtime. But it didn’t pay off as the Stingrays broke and made it 4-2 before the buzzer.

“Every one of the guys can hold their heads high after that game,” said head coach Creamer.

“They gave it their all and on the day we just didn’t have enough.

“But I think this side is capable of winning this league next year. There are a lot of things to talk about over the summer and I have to have a think about my own future, but there is a long way to go before next season.”

The Freeze travel to face Fylde Flyers on Saturday.