By Kris Smith
The Stars arrived in Fife without defenseman, Colin Joe and forward trio, Ben Sokay, Ben Brown and Jonathan McBean but that did not stop them from competing hard against their arch rivals, all night-long.
Fife would have the quicker start in terms of creating chances but Dundee goaltender, Anton Svensson did not allow an early goal that would upset his side’s gameplan and on the 17-minute-mark, that gameplan produced a lead for the Stars.
With control of the puck in the Flyers end, possession came to Swedish forward, Romans Semjonovs and he quickly buried his effort, low past Shane Owen to open the scoring.
However, the home team were only behind for 51 seconds as some luck helped them to tie the game up, as Janne Kivilahti’s effort became stuck behind Svensson’s leg pads and as every player lost sight of the puck, the Swedish keeper tried to seal it for a whistle, but as he turned his legs to defend from any poke checks, the puck sprung out and across the line.
The first period ended with the two teams still tied, but the score would change after only 23 seconds of play in the second session, as Dundee’s Philippe Sanche made a quick break through on goal but was brought down, right in front of the Flyers net.
After colliding with Owen, Sanche was awarded a penalty shot and showed nerves of steel to smack the puck straight into the bottom right corner, re-establishing the visitors lead.
The rest of the middle period was disrupted by constant penalties for both teams, but neither side would be able to utilise their powerplay before time expired again, and in the third stanza, the Flyers would find another equaliser.
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