Welcome to this week’s instalment of the Dundee Stars A-Z series. Today, we bring you all of the players in Stars history, whose names begin with the letter ‘F’ and also discuss the team’s biggest and longest rivals.

PLAYERS

Fallon, Joe – American netminder from the 2016/2017 season, who was an integral part of the Stars playoff run that took them to their first-ever EIHL Playoff Weekend. In 6 appearances, Fallon recorded 3 regular-season shutouts and had a playoff save percentage of .956%.

Faryna, Justin – One of the toughest players to ever wear the Stars jersey and the Canadian winger showed an unlimited amount of heart and desire for the club during his two year stay in Scotland. Over the course of the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 season, Faryna featured in 118 matches, scored 55 goals, assisted on a further 62 and racked up 286 penalty minutes.

 

 

Findlay, Craig – Dundonian defenseman who was with the club for one game in the 2009/2010 Northern League campaign and was also called upon for one game in the Stars maiden Elite League season of 2010/2011.

Findlay, Daryl – Scottish goaltender, who made a total of 10 appearances in the 2006/2007 season across both the Scottish National League and Northern League.

Finlay, Andrew – Forward from Kirkcaldy, who’s only season of playing outside his hometown came in 2001/2002, when he iced for the Stars in their first ever season. Finlay made 44 appearances, scoring 14 points (4+10) and a further 2 (1+1) in 10 playoff matches, as Dundee claimed both the British National League title and playoff championship.

Fisher, Billy – Made 7 appearances in the Stars net during the 2005/2006 Scottish National League season, with the Scot recording a goals against average of 3.00 and save percentage of .750%.

Flynn, Callum – Scottish defender, who made eight appearances in the 2008/2009 Norther League season, assisting one goal.

Ford, Martyn – Another member of the famous 2001/2002 BNL Double winning squad and Ford made three league appearances during the course of the season.

Forsyth, Euan – Scottish blueliner who defended the Stars goals for four seasons between 2009 and 2013. Forsyth came from Fife but played with Dundee during their final season in the Northern League and the club’s first three Elite League campaigns, totalling 147 appearances.

Fox, Justin – Canadian winger who played 18 times for the Stars in the 2017/2018 campaign, after switching shores of the River Tay, following two seasons with Fife Flyers.

Fullerton, Travis – Shot-stopper from the 2017/2018 season, who came to the Stars with plenty of EIHL experience after spending the two previous seasons with Scottish rivals, Braehead Clan and Edinburgh Capitals. Fullerton played 61 games and recorded one shutout.

 

 

THE OTHER STUFF

The Stars have only ever faced two teams that begin with the letter “F” and most commonly, the go up against their oldest foes from across the River Tay, FIFE FLYERS. However, the have also matched up against German DEL2 side, EHC FREIBURG in a pair of preseason friendlies.

Back on Saturday, September 2, 2018, the Stars welcomed FREIBURG to the DIA for the first of two friendly matches, as part of their preseason training camp. In a dominant 5-1 victory, Matt Bissonnette was the first player on the scoresheet that night, as he put the Stars 1-0 up against the Germans in the second period. Shawn Boutin, Charles Corcoran, François Bouchard and Drydn Dow also netted that evening and Marc Wittfoth provided the only way past Pontus Sjögren for the Wolves.

 

 

The Following night, Freiburg got their revenge as they would come out 3-2 winners after overtime. Matt Marquardt and Bissonnette were the Dundee scorers on the Sunday but Wittfoth netted his second of the weekend, while Marvin Neher and Nikolas Linsenmaier also found the net, with Linsenmaier scoring the game winning goal in the extra period.

The Stars have been playing against the FIFE FLYERS since their inaugural season in 2001/2002 and the only season where they did not face their biggest enemies was the 2010/2011 campaign, which was Dundee joined the EIHL.

From 2011, the two foes have met in 71 Elite League fixtures and the Stars currently hold a 46-41 lead and in those many victories there have been some tremendous displays of hockey.

For example, the recent shootout showdown in Kirkcaldy. The Flyers had opened up a 3-0 lead in the first period before Drydn Dow got Dundee off the mark in the second period and Jordan Cownie made it a one-goal game in the third period, before Matt Bissonnette made it 3-3 all with less than two minutes to play.

 

 

With no goals in overtime, a heart-stopping shootout would follow and after a 11-round stalemate, the game would eventually be settled in the 12th round. Although, there had been plenty of action in the moments before, as each goaltender made three saves during the regulation shots before sudden death provided Fife with four chances to win the match, however they failed to capitalise on any.

Also, an injury to Stars goaltender, Sjögren, meant Craig Holland had to face three Fife shooters but his saves combined with Bouchard’s confident finish meant the Stars took home the extra point.

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11 Games
1 Wins
7 Losses
1 OT Losses
3 Points