TRADE-MART DUNDEE STARS 7 GLASGOW CLAN 3
The Trade-Mart Dundee Stars made it a four-point weekend as they scored big against their Scottish rivals, Glasgow Clan in a 7-3 win at the Dundee Ice Arena, on Sunday evening.
By Kris Smith
The Stars were still without forward, Brent Beaudoin as he missed out through injury but they had forward, Brendan Harms back in the line-up after his one-game suspension was up.
Dundee got off to a flying start as they broke the deadlock just 90 seconds in after James Phelan was left unmarked in front of the Glasgow net and took Anthony Rinaldi’s pass, pulled the puck to the left and lifted it past keeper, Kevin Lindskoug.
Glasgow then luckily escaped a barrage of chances that could have seen them quickly buried under an avalanche of goals but in the 11th minute, the home side finally broke through again, this time Jake Elmer picking out the top corner of the Clan goal from the right wing, whilst on the powerplay.
One minute later, Spencer Naas added his name to the scoresheet with an easy tap-in after Elijah Vilio’s saved shot dropped right in front of the American, at the edge of the crease.
With Dundee 3-0 up inside 12 minutes, Clan Head Coach, Jason Morgan replaced Lindskoug with Antti Karjalainen for the rest of the match but he could not stop Naas from netting his second of the night.
In the 17th minute, the Stars gained an extra attacker during a delayed penalty against Glasgow, Drydn Dow dropped a pass back to Naas and he had an easy finish to make it 4-0, but the Clan did hit back straight from the restart as Michael Pelech poked one past Kevin Carr in the Dundee net.
The second session would be much quieter as the only goal came in the final minute of the middle period as Ryan Valentini sniped a second powerplay goal in via the underside of the crossbar, extending their advantage to 5-1.
In the third period, the Braehead outfit pulled two goals back in quick succession as ex-Star, Philippe Sanche fired home their second on 42 minutes and Gary Haden capitalised on the man advantage, three minutes later.
Carter Johnson would then push Dundee closer to victory as he bagged the sixth goal inside 55 minutes and two minutes after that, Anthony Rinaldi deflected Josh Brittain’s pass into the Glasgow goal, to round off the scoring at 7-3.
The Stars take a massive two points to put them three clear of Glasgow and make it a three-way contest for fifth-place as they sit level with Manchester Storm and Coventry Blaze on 42 points.
Next up for Marc LeFebvre’s men is a mid-week trip across the Irish Sea to face Belfast Giants in a crucial clash that can see Dundee climb into the top half of the Elite League table.
Man of the Match
Dundee: #23 Kyle Pouncy
Glasgow: #10 Philippe Sanche
1-0 James Phelan (Anthony Rinaldi, Josh Brittain) 01:37
2-0 Jake Elmer (Carter Johnson, Kyle Pouncy) 10:51 PPG
3-0 Spencer Naas (Elijah Vilio, Josh Brittain) 11:53
4-0 Spencer Naas (Drydn Dow, Ryan Valentini) 16:29 EA
4-1 Michael Pelech (Jordan Cownie, Philippe Sanche) 17:06
5-1 Ryan Valentini (Spencer Naas, Brendan Harms) 39:33 PPG
5-2 Philippe Sanche (Luke Lynch, Bryce Reddick) 41:54
5-3 Gary Haden (Nate Kallen) 44:49 PPG
6-3 Carter Johnson (Elijah Vilio, Jake Elmer) 54:26
7-3 Anthony Rinaldi (Josh Brittain) 56:11
All images: Derek Black.