The Trade-Mart Dundee Stars welcomed Fife Flyers to the DIA for the first time in the 2022-2023 and they got off to the perfect start.

By Kris Smith

It took less than two minutes for the Stars to open the scoring as former Flyer, Erik Näslund rushed towards the Fife net and arrived at the perfect time to tap in a loose puck, after several Dundee players had been battling to get it past netminder, Shane Owen.

Whilst the Stars had the lead, they were playing without both Craig Garrigan and Ben Sokay through injury, but had Ben Brown back in the line-up after his two-goal performance for Dundee Comets on Saturday night.

The Flyers then had a chance to equalise in the 11th minute as they went on the powerplay for the first time, with referee Toby Craig penalising Dundee defenseman, Kris Inglis for a roughing foul.

Fife were unable to utilise their man advantage, although there were plenty chances for both teams to score but the Stars were being met by some strong goaltending from Owen and the Flyers were struggling with their positioning to finish off some dangerous passes.

Another penalty against the Stars put Fife back on the powerplay, this time Jonathan McBean being charged with boarding in 17th minute, but that only allowed the home side to double their lead.

 

Dundee’s Carter Folk watches his teammate, Erik Näslund shoot into a wide-open net to start the scoring on Sunday evening. (Picture: Derek Black).

 

With the Flyers looking to tie the game, Dundee’s Philippe Sanche and Carter Folk forced a turnover in possession at centre ice and headed straight for the Fife net.

Read the full match report below!

 

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Trade-Mart Dundee Stars Team
34 Games
9 Wins
21 Losses
4 OT Losses
22 Points