By Kris Smith
The Stars had to play without three players as the injured Brent Beaudoin and Kris Inglis were joined by the Chris McKay as he served the first of his two-game suspension and the Steelers were just one player short of a full line-up as Scott Allen was a late scratch from their roster.
The first period was full of fast-paced, end-to-end action with both teams bearing down on net and if not for goalkeepers Kevin Carr and Sheffield’s Matt Greenfield it could have been a high-scoring opening 20 minutes.
The Steelers were putting a lot of pucks into the slot in front of Dundee’s net but had no one there to finish off their chances, whilst the Stars were hitting their opponents on the break with speed and working the puck from side to side.
Brendan Harms was left reeling after he had the chance to put the Stars in front but was denied by a spectacular diving save from Greenfield in the 10th minute and just as it seemed the opening session would end scoreless, the Yorkshire club struck.
Brett Neumann broke into the Dundee end in the 19th minute and dropped a pass back to Patrick Watling, who wasted no time in flinging the puck towards goal and it would beat Carr high and drop into the net via the underside of the crossbar.
In the second period, Aaron Fox’s side picked up where they left on and just 72 seconds after the restart, Dominic Cormier ripped a long-range effort into the top of the net to make it 2-0.
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All images: Derek Black.