By Kris Smith
The Stars were down three players heading into their final group stage fixture as defensemen, Kris Inglis and Sean Allen both sat out with upper-body injuries and suspended forward, Johnny Walker served the first-game of his three-match ban.
The Clan were also missing a few players, most notably two former Dundee players as Charlie Combs and Philippe Sanche were out with injury and their return to the DIA was put on hold.
It was a fast-paced start with both teams exchanging chances in the opening minutes and it was Stars winger, Brendan Harms who came closest to scoring as he crashed in at the back post but could not get on the end of Spencer Naas’s pass and the chance was gone.
However, Naas was at the forefront of the Dundee attack and he would break the deadlock on four minutes when his effort slipped between the legs of Antti Karjalainen and it trickled across the line to take the in-form American’s tally to seven points in his last four games.
Marc LeFebvre’s men had more opportunities and could have doubled their lead but it was all coming from some great shot-stopping on their back-end by Kevin Carr as the Canadian keeper was getting a piece of everything.
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All images: Derek Black.