By Kris Smith
This is Omar Pacha’s last chance to test out new line combinations and different tactics ahead of next weekend’s season opener against Belfast Giants.
However, the Stars Head Coach would have been pleased to see his plans executed to perfection on Friday night, as Dundee powered past the Flyers by four goals to one.
In what was the first game back at the Dundee Ice Arena in over 500 days, the Stars hit the ground running as Connor Sills smashed home the opener on six minutes.
Then, after sustained pressure against the Flyers, Philippe Sanche doubled the home side’s lead at 16 minutes and Dillon Lawrence went on to make it 3-0, when he buried his one-on-one chance, in the 24th minute.
A fired up Fife side returned to the ice for the third period and quickly punished the Stars with a powerplay goal through Carson Stadnyk on 42 minutes.
However, any hopes of a comeback for the Flyers were dashed when 19-year-old defenseman, Drew Rumgay stepped up and smashed home his first ever goal for the Stars in the 50th minute.
From then on, Dundee easily closed out the game and left their fans delighted with such a strong opening performance after their long wait of 18 months.
Now, they face the difficult task of repeating the same outcome in Fife and the Flyers will be determined to not let their fans down on home ice.
Hear from Omar Pacha about last night derby victory and how he feels heading into tonight’s clash.
Also, hear from debut goalscorer, Drew Rumgay and how he felt after his big performance.
The Stars will still be without Craig Moore, Michael Poirier and Gabriel Desjardins for this evening’s match in Kirkcaldy.
Face-off at the Fife Ice Arena is at 7:15pm.
All images: Derek Black.