The Kitmart Dundee Stars make their first trip of the season to Coventry and go in search of some vital road points.

By Kris Smith

This will be the fourth match between the two clubs this season and the Blaze have already claimed two wins in Dundee.

The last time they met was just a week ago as Danny Stewart’s men nicked a 5-3 road win.

Drydn Dow and Matt Marquardt (2) provided the Stars goals while Luke Ferrara (2), Charles Corcoran, Evan Bloodoff and Dillon Lawrence netted for Coventry.

The West Midlands team had opened up a 3-0 lead before Dundee pulled one back just before the end of the second period but Coventry extended their lead to 5-1 in the final period.

However, the Stars added two late goals to make it 5-3 but they come into this match on the back of another home defeat as they went down 4-2 to Belfast Giants on Friday night.

The Tayside team put up a good fight against the reigning Elite League and Challenge Cup champions but were punished for just a few mistakes.

Dow was again on the scoresheet and Kevin Dufour scored for the first time in the last five games but his last goal also came against Coventry, in the 7-3 win where he bagged a brace.

On Saturday night, the Blaze won 4-3 in Manchester with their goals being scored by Corcoran (2), David Broll and Janne Laakkonen.

Stars forward, Jordan Cownie has shared how the team are sticking with working on the basics and playing a simple game to try and end this bad run of form.

He said: “It is no secret that we are going through a tough time just now, so it is just about getting back to basics.

“No one wants to break this streak more than the guys in that locker room, so we are just going back to basics and with a lot of hard work, hopefully we get that win tonight.”

This is their first trip of the year to Coventry and the Dundonian sees the fixture as a great chance to finally get a win.

Cownie added: “The boys are excited, realistically we are just looking to break this bad spell we are in, so a game against a team who is close to us in the standings, well there is no better time to do it.

“It is always tough going into that building, it is a smaller ice pad and it is not the nicest facility but if we stick to our game plan tonight, I am sure we will be successful.”

Face-off time for tonight’s match is at 5:30pm.

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