The Kitmart Dundee Stars kick-off this weekend with a home game against Guildford Flames and are aiming to extend their winning streak to three matches.

By Kris Smith

The Flames make the long journey north to Tayside on Saturday before both teams travel south to do it all over again on Sunday evening.

Both head coaches are aiming to build off their last games which seen both their sides win by two goal margins.

Omar Pacha’s Stars defeated the Manchester Storm 5-3 at home following an empowering 4-3 win over the Belfast Giants the previous night.

While, Paul Dixon’s men also won at home, beating the Fife Flyers 4-2 but they were bouncing back from a 4-1 road defeat against Sheffield Steelers the day before.

The Tayside team won the last meeting between the two clubs when they met on the final day of the regular season last year.

Dundee left the Spectrum Arena with two points after winning 3-2 but they gave up a point to the home side after the match was settled through penalty shots.

The Stars are hopeful of having one of their injured defenders back in the line-up for this weekend’s games.

Jagger Dirk missed the last two matches with a lower body injury but has spent the past two weeks recovering and can potentially be cleared to play this weekend.

However, Reilly O’Connor and forward come defenseman, Brett Stovin are going to be out for another few weeks, according to Pacha.

Whereas, Jesse Craige, Stephen Lee and Jez Lundin did not ice in any of Guildford’s games last weekend.

The Flames will definitely be missing forward, Brett Ferguson who was suspended for one-game after a slew-footing incident against Fife, last week.

Looking to the weekend, Stars head coach, Pacha said: “Well hopefully we see some consistency, we want to keep playing better defensively.

“So, it will be important to keep using our speed offensively but play a sound game defensively.

“We are going to have to make sure we stay out of the box and don’t give them many powerplays because their biggest strength last year was their powerplay.

“If we do that, I’m confident we will be successful but we need to keep scoring goals and keep creating offence.

“Guildford have a lot of skill upfront, so we just have to build on last week and being at home on Saturday is a big opportunity to do that as we are aiming to start the weekend off with a win.”

Despite their long journey to Dundee, Pacha is very aware that visiting teams aren’t a write off because of long travel to matches.

He said: “Last year, we had a back-to-back against Guilford and we went there it was a tight game that we lost then we came back home and it was another tight game that we lost.

“So, you never know, we are hoping that this year it will create the advantage for us.

“I expect the guys to be ready and Guildford are going to have a long travel day but at the same time you see it every week in this league.

“For example, last weekend we travelled to Belfast and won then travelled back and won again at home, so it is about how you play and how you prepare for the game.”

Dundee defender, Shawn Boutin came up against Guildford last year and with the same core of players back in the Surrey side’s line-up, he knows what to expect.

He said: “We know Guildford have a very good attacking team and they have really good defenseman that are also very good offensively.

“Their two top forward lines are really dangerous, so we will have to be on top of them the whole weekend.

“We know they are going to bring their speed and they are a team that works really, really hard.

“So, they are going to bring those parts of their game up to Dundee on Saturday and we will be ready for them.”

Saturday’s game at the Dundee Ice Arena will start at 7pm and Tickets can be purchased HERE.

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