The Trade-Mart Dundee Stars were well matched against Cardiff Devils for two periods on Wednesday night but a four-minute lapse cost them the game.

By Kris Smith

The Stars gained their top scorer, Ryan Valentini back into the line-up after he missed the last match through illness but Dundonian defender, Kris Inglis remained out through injury.

The opening period saw both teams battle out a stalemate as the score would remain unchanged through the first 20 minutes but there were a number of good chances created by each side.

Cole Ully, Evan Mosey and Cole Sandford all had chances for Cardiff as they made late moves to the back post of Kevin Carr’s goal but at the other end, Ryan Valentini was closest to opening the scoring, on 12 minutes.

Dundee’s Spencer Naas had forced a save from netminder, Ben Bowns and he turned the puck behind his net but into the path of Valentini who went for a wraparound attempt and as he tried to elevate his shot, Bowns snatched away the chance with his trapper.

In the second period, the visitors would break the deadlock in the 25th minute, when Sanford picked out the top left corner of the Stars net from the right circle and that ignited the Stars tempo as they became hungry for an equaliser.



However, Pete Russell’s men soon doubled their lead and began to choke the Stars out of the game, as a good passing move forced Carr to work from post-to-post before Jamie Arniel blasted a second shot past the Canadian keeper on 36 minutes.

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All images: Derek Black.


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22 Wins
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7 OT Losses
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