The Trade-Mart Dundee Stars got off to a bad start and found themselves 7-1 down before a third period comeback attempt put the pressure on Glasgow Clan, who eventually took an 8-5 win.

By Kris Smith

The Stars had named an unchanged line-up from Wednesday’s loss to Guildford Flames with Kevin Carr, Craig Garrigan and Tommy Parrottino still sidelined through injury.

The match would not start the way Dundee had wanted as they fell behind inside the opening 80 seconds when Ryan Valentini turned over possession as he tried to exit his own end and Michael Pelech would be picked out by Philippe Sanche, for a high finish past Lucas Brine.

Despite the Stars creating lots of chances and testing Clan keeper, Antti Karjalainen for prolonged periods, they were soon put 2-0 down as Gary Haden converted a Glasgow counter-attack into another goal, with a low finish past Brine on seven minutes.

The Taysiders night then went from bad to worse as Jake Bolton extended the lead to 3-0 in the 12th minute, with another shot that was lifted over the shoulder of the Dundee keeper.

Jason Morgan’s men would not take their foot of the Stars’ throat and buried a fourth goal on the 16-minute mark as Matt Barry added his name to the scoresheet after Dundee failed to clear their own end.

The first period was a disaster for Dundee as they failed to make their large amounts of chances count and gave up four goals easily.



The second session did not start any better as the visitors again controlled the opening minutes and were not able to find a way past Karjalainen, before ex-Star, Sance broke down the ice and slotted home Glasgow’s fifth.

Dundee would eventually get one back on 26 minutes as Anthony Rinaldi fired home a cut-back pass from Brent Beaudoin and that could have swung the momentum back into their favour for a potential comeback.

However, Charlie Combs, another former Star then shot the puck underneath Brine to extend the lead to 6-1 in the 32nd minute and 45 seconds later, Dyson Stevenson’s slapshot slipped through the grasp of Brine for number seven.

The third period saw the Stars find a second goal as defenseman, Elijah Vilio scored his first for the club after finishing off a cross-ice pass from Spencer Naas in the 49th minute and four minutes later, Naas would add Dundee’s third.

The American fired high over the shoulder of Karjalainen, picking the top corner for his 30th league of the season, which cut the lead to 7-3 with seven minutes left on the clock and they would not stop there as Chris McKay smacked home another on 52 minutes, beating the Finnish keeper at his near post.


Stars captain, Drydn Dow then piled on the pressure as he brought Dundee within two after he backhanded a loose puck into the net with 72 seconds left to play.

Dundee were able to pull Brine from the net and get the extra attacker on but were unable to convert their heavy pressure into a sixth and Glasgow would then relieve the pressure when Robert Lachowicz scored into the empty net with two seconds remaining.

A surprisingly tight 8-5 loss for the Stars after their poor start but they have to regroup quickly before a trip to Belfast Giants tomorrow night.



Man of the Match

Dundee: #8 Spencer Naas

Glasgow: #46 Antti Karjalainen




1-0 Michael Pelech (Philippe Sanche, Gary Haden) 01:19

2-0 Gary Haden (Bryce Reddick, Philippe Sanche) 07:18

3-0 Jake Bolton (Charlie Combs) 11:32

4-0 Matt Barry (Charlie Combs, Luke Lynch) 16:00



5-0 Philippe Sanche (Alex Forbes, Jordan Cownie) 23:07

5-1 Anthony Rinaldi (Brent Beaudoin, Jake Elmer) 26:38

6-1 Charlie Combs (Matt Barry, Alex Roach) 31:17

7-1 Dyson Stevenson (Robert Lachowicz, Darien Craighead) 32:02



7-2 Elijah Vilio (Spencer Naas, Brendan Harms) 48:55

7-3 Spencer Naas (Carter Johnson, Brendan Harms) 53:00

7-4 Chris McKay (Elijah Vilio) 56:10

7-5 Drydn Dow (Spencer Naas, Brendan Harms) 58:31

8-5 Robert Lachowicz (Dyson Stevenson) 59:58 ENG


All images: Al Goold.

Trade-Mart Dundee Stars Team
54 Games
22 Wins
25 Losses
7 OT Losses
51 Points