Kitmart Dundee Stars GM and Head Coach, Omar Pacha has stated his pride and reinforced his confidence in his side ahead of this weekend’s Playoff Finals Weekend.

By Kris Smith

The Stars boss was delighted to see his players produce a stunning comeback at the weekend to extend their season by another week and eliminate second overall seeds, Sheffield Steelers.

Reflecting on the past two games. Pacha said: “I am feeling great, the guys feel great, they played hard over the full 120 minutes.

“So, I am really proud of them and their work ethic, but now we are onto bigger and better things in a semi-final against Belfast Giants.”

To return the club to the Playoff Finals in Nottingham is a big achievement for the Stars and it highlights all the hard-work Omar and his players have put in throughout this season.

Discussing the great achievement, he said: “With a season cut short because of the pandemic, then a year off, this basically only feels like our third year.

“So, to get to the semi-finals and to finish where we finished, which was withing touching distance of fourth place, it says a lot about this group.

“Especially after the challenging start to the season and having a lot of injuries.

“It was really a process from the start, and I am really glad we finished where we did, but also glad that we are on to a semi-final.”

Finally, the Canadian Coach shared his confidence in the team to grasp the opportunity to become immortalised in Dundee Stars history this weekend, but he also knows it will be no easy task.

When asked if they should be confident playing Belfast in a one-off game and on natural ice, Pacha replied: “We should be!

“The reality is, it is going to be a tough challenge and Belfast are the league champions for a reason and if you want to do anything or win anything then you have to go through them.

“So, we will certainly do our best.”

The Stars face Belfast on Saturday afternoon (face-off 3pm) in the first semi-final of the weekend and the winners will meet the victors of Cardiff Devils v Guildford Flames on Sunday in the Grand Final.

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