The Trade-Mart Dundee Stars hosted their bitter rivals, Fife Flyers in the traditional Boxing Day Tayside Derby and both sides were in much need of a win and two points.

By Kris Smith

The Stars were boosted by the return of Ben Brown and Chris Lijdsman to their line-up, with only Hugo Reinhardt missing out through injury and they faced a similarly strong Fife squad.

The opening period would provide no goals but a lot of physical play as each team tried to settle into the game without making any mistakes and there would be an opportunity for both teams powerplay units to try and break the deadlock.

Dundee’s man advantage would carry over into the second period, but it would be after it expired, when Jeff Mason’s men opened the scoring.

Inside the 25th minute, Stars forward, Johan Eriksson had all the time and space he needed in the Flyers zone to cut inside to the middle and beat Shane Owen with a quick release that flew past the Fife keeper on his right side.

 

 

The Stars would then put their opponents under heavy pressure but could not extend their lead, even with a few more chances on the powerplay and that allowed the Flyers to keep themselves in the game.

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All images: Derek Black.

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Trade-Mart Dundee Stars Team
38 Games
10 Wins
24 Losses
4 OT Losses
24 Points