The Trade-Mart Dundee Stars began their double header against Coventry Blaze down in the West Midlands on Saturday night and they needed to start their weekend off with a win to keep their dreams of making the playoffs alive.

By Kris Smith

The Stars travelled down to Coventry without defenseman, Kris Inglis and forwards, Romans Semjonovs, Jonathan McBean and Ben Brown but faced a Blaze side, who had just one extra man.

The game got off to a slow-tempoed start but the pace would soon be picked up after Philippe Sanche’s effort trickled past Miklos Rajna on seven minutes.

The Stars forward had taken the puck after Elijiah Barriga won possession at the face-off and Sanche would only get a loose connection on his shot, sending it slowly goalward before it deflected in off the stick of the Blaze keeper.

The home side were quick to push back and almost found an equaliser but they could not find a way past Anton Svensson in the Dundee net.

Although, Jeff Mason’s men also went close and could have added two or three more in the first period but their lead would remain at just 1-0 after 20 minutes.

However, they were far more clinical in the second session and exploded for three goals inside the opening three minutes and it took just 24 seconds for Sanche to get his second of the game, as he finished off a chaotic series of play by burying his shot past Rajna, from straight in front of goal.



Dundee then went 3-0 ahead in the 23rd minute as Sanche completed his hat-trick by following up his own shot and tucking home the rebound, which forced Danny Stewart into calling a timeout to try and settle his side down.

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All images: Scott Wiggins.

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