The Trade-Mart Dundee Stars were hoping to start their double header against Belfast Giants with a victory on the road but after a closely fought battle, the Northern Irish side wrapped up the 3-0 win with a pair of late goals.

By Kris Smith

The Stars had new signing Elijah Vilio on the ice for his debut and the defender would partner with Chris McKay, whilst Craig Moore was paired with the returning Sean Allen after he served his one-game suspension and forward, Jake Elmer was the healthy scratch.

Both teams began by slowly breaking each other down and each side had found early chances close to the net but neither Jackson Whistle or Dundee’s Kevin Carr could be beaten through the opening minutes.

However, the first goal of the game did soon come as on six minutes, David Phillips hard shot from inside the blueline hit a few different bodies in front of the Stars net before being directed into the Dundee goal via the skate of Vilio.

Through the rest of the first period, both teams would have a turn on the powerplay and found no luck whilst on the man advantage, although Anthony Rinaldi almost had the Taysiders level when he nearly beat Whistle in the 18th minute, but his shot was denied by the post.

The second session was a scoreless affair but did not lack opportunities as Dundee began to take control of the game and through multiple powerplays, they started to pepper the Giants keeper but there would be no way past Whistle.

 

 

A four-minute spell of each side being called for infractions meant that neither powerplay unit could be properly setup and they headed to the third period with the Giants still narrowly leading 1-0.

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All images: William Cherry/Presseye.

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