Stingrays coach Rick Strachan liked what he saw against Nottingham
Hull Stingrays coach Rick Strachan heralded his sides' determination after they drew 2-2 against Nottingham in the Challenge Cup.
Goals from Jason Kostadine and Steve Slonina meant the Rays got points on the board in the Cup's group stages at the first time of asking.
Strachan told BBC Radio Humberside: "They played so hard and never quit and every guy competed.
"They did a great job to come out with a point and it was pleasure to watch."
The Stingrays went into the game missing three top-line players because of injury and suspensions but drew first blood when Kostadine took Jeff Glowa's pass to score on the powerplay after just nine minutes.
The Panthers levelled, also on the powerplay, when Canadian Jade Galbraith smashed the puck home at the back stick just before the first break.
Nottingham were first out of the blocks in the second session, scoring after just one minute through Marc Levers' close-range tap-in to take the lead at 1-2.
American Jake Riddle talked his way into the bin for the Rays for 10 minutes shortly after the goal but while he was sitting out the penalty Steve Slonina was in the right place to redirect Kostadine's shot into the Panthers net for the final goal of the game after 23 minutes.
Strachan was happy to settle for the draw and had no complaints.
" I think both teams had some pretty good scoring chances in the third period. We had a couple of great one but so did they," he added.
"Of course I would have liked to get the extra point but I reckon the result was a fair one given what I saw."
The Stingrays were not so fortunate on Saturday night at Sheffield when they lost 7-3 to the Steelers in the Elite League.
All the damage was done in the middle period when the Steelers posted six unanswered goals.
Riddle, Lee Mitchell and Matt Reynolds found the net for the Rays but with Sheffield converting three of their six powerplay chances there was only going to be one winner.
"We got touch of the middle-period blues." Strachan admitted.
"That's something we've got out of our system and quick."