Kitmart Dundee Stars forward, Colton Kroeker has told of the positive mood around the Stars camp in 2020 as he and the rest of the squad are really enjoying their hockey in the City of Discovery right now.

By Kris Smith

Dundee have boosted their chances of reaching the end of season playoffs by closing what was a nine-point gap between them and the eight post-season spots before Christmas to just two points.

They managed to keep that gap to just a pair of points by coming up with an impressive victory over the second place Cardiff Devils last Sunday.

Discussing how he has been feeling about how things have gone lately for the team, Kroeker said: “It has been great!

“After Christmas we really stepped it because we knew we had to climb the ladder points wise to catch teams but we are back in the mix now and it feels really good.

“We have a lot of confidence going into every game and we feel like we can win every match, so everyone is enjoying it right now.”

The 23-year-old rookie has put the Stars recent good run down to the team finally getting the most of out their tactical systems, that were installed by Head Coach Omar Pacha.

He added: “I would say we have been playing our systems to their full potential and we have just been putting the puck in the back of the net which is awesome.

“Hopefully we can keep that up but we are just working hard and obviously being rewarded for it.”

The Canadian centreman has found his way onto the scoresheet 10 times in the last six games and currently has the longest point-streak in the team.

“Honestly, I feel like I have been playing well for the last while and it feels like it is starting to come together”, said Colton.

“I have been playing with (Anthony) Beauregard and (Kevin) Dufour and we are all playing really well right now and hopefully we can keep it up.

“It just feels really good to finally be putting up some points.”

With an important weekend of must-win fixtures ahead for the Tayside team, Kroeker has stressed the importance of not making any mistakes.

He commented: “It’s huge, we feel like every weekend is massive and every game is like a playoff game now.

“So, we have to come out hard in every game and we can’t take a night off.

“Playing against Glasgow and Manchester will be tough, they are two teams we are chasing and we can’t afford to have any little lapses.”

Also, the Surrey, British Columbia native is positive that the team can keep up their good form and win more points this weekend.

Kroeker added: “We just have to keep playing the same way, having fun and coming to the rink feeling like we can win every game.

“Working hard is key, as is playing the system to its full potential and if we do that then I feel like we can win any game.”

It is also a rare chance for the Stars to play a Friday night match as they welcome, Scottish Rivals, Glasgow Clan to the Dundee Ice Arena and start off the Elite League’s first ever Pride Weekend.

Sharing his excitement for Friday’s match, Colton said: “We are excited about every game but for this weekend we are pretty fired up to play on this special occasion and I think it will be awesome.”

The Stars face-off at 7:30pm against Glasgow Clan on Friday night before visiting Manchester Storm on Sunday. You can buy your tickets for Friday night’s home match HERE.

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