The Kitmart Dundee Stars are aiming to build off Saturday night’s important win over the Manchester Storm with another when they face their fiercest rivals, Fife Flyers tonight.

(Picture by: Flyers Images)


By Kris Smith

Two more points can help Dundee close the gap on the top eight and the difference is currently three points.

Yesterday seen the Stars respond from being 1-0 down to go 3-1 up as Manchester took the lead through Tyson Fawcett in the opening period.

However, two goals in the space of 18 seconds put the home side ahead with captain, Matt Marquardt and Brett Stovin providing the finishes.

Jagger Dirk scored his first goal in the league campaign to make it 3-1 but Ryan Finnerty’s side pulled one back through Raymond Grewal just before the second period concluded.

The Storm would tie the game in the third period as Jared Aulin’s spectacular powerplay goal made it 3-3 but Egils Kalns won the game for Dundee with three minutes to go.

Meanwhile in Glasgow, the Flyers were defeated 5-2 and that keeps them in sixth position in the league table.

The Clan opened the scoring after just 90 seconds but a second period equaliser by Danick Gauthier tied the game 1-1 after two period.

However, Fife would go 2-1 up through Kyle Just before Glasgow fired four shots past Adam Morrison in the final seven minutes.

This will be the first league clash between the Stars and the Flyers but they were both victorious in the Challenge Cup group stage and both sides won away from home.

Todd Dutiaume’s men claimed a 2-0 win in Dundee before the Stars nicked the points in Kirkcaldy with a 4-3 victory.

Kevin Dufour (2), Marquardt and Drydn Dow scored the Stars’ three goals, while Fife have had all different scorers against Dundee.

Chase Schaber and Danick Gauthier netted in the DIA before Carlo Finucci, Mike Cazzola and Tim Crowder beat Alex Leclerc in Fife.

The Stars had a full line-up for last night’s battle with the Storm while Fife were without Sam Jones and Scott Jamieson for their trip to Glasgow.

Stars forward, Jordan Cownie is fully aware of how good a side Fife are but remains confident of being able to get another result across in Kirkcaldy.

He said: “I think Fife is a game that all the guys know the importance of and when they come up, we are always ready to go.

“It is no secret that they are a really good team and they have had a similar team for the last few years now but I think our game works well against those guys.

“So, I think if we can frustrate them like we always do then we will definitely get a result there.”

The Dundonian also stressed the importance of sticking to their tactics which they have spent a lot of time improving on this week.

Cownie added: “We just need to stick to our system, we have been working on it a lot this week to try and get back to where we want to be.

“So, I’m sure if we all buy in and stick to that then we can get the win.”

Face-off time for tonight’s game in Fife is 5:30pm.

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