The Trade-Mart Dundee Stars host Coventry Blaze for the first time this season and tonight they seek revenge against Danny Stewart’s men after tasting defeat in the West Midlands, six days ago.

By Kris Smith

The Stars are sitting in eighth position in the Elite League table but face the fourth-placed placed Blaze and pace-setters, Guildford for a second week in a row.

Last Sunday, Dundee visited Coventry and would fall four goals behind in the first period, before eventually pulling back two goals late on, in what was already a 7-0 game.

Ben Sokay and Craig Garrigan found the late breakthroughs for the Stars but the seven different Blaze scorers had already done their job, as Kim Tallberg, Johnny Curran, Ross Venus, Peyton Frantti, Mitch Cook, Marly Quince and Garrett Johnston all lit the lamp.

However, last weekend’s defeats have only lit a fire in the Stars players bellies and they now have every player set to be in contention for the weekend, with defenseman, Erik Näslund the only exception as he serves the final game of his three-match ban.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Stars Head Coach, Jeff Mason said: “It is more about our defensive structure and sticking to our system.

“We know Coventry are a good team and they like to play fast because they have a strong offence, so we have to be dialled in and making sure we do not give them too much time and space on the puck.”

 

Dundee’s Craig Garrigan was on the scoresheet last week against the Blaze. (Picture: Scott Wiggins).

 

Dundonian defenseman, Kris Inglis also shared how the players are feeling as they prepare for the important home game against Coventry, he added: “I think it will be a different game on our ice.

“We understand what they are all about now after playing them down there and I do not believe it was a true representation of how we can play them on the road, last week.

“There is a fire in our bellies this week after getting embarrassed in their building last week, so we will take the game to them this week, with the support of our fans.

“We have adjusted a few things in practice this week to make sure we come out on the right side of the result on Saturday, so I am confident we will do well this weekend.”

As the team near having a full line-up available, Inglis continued: “It is good having a couple more boys back this week, so now we can start getting this thing rolling and it will be good to be playing with set lines and our set partners back in defence as well.

“So, having everyone back will be good and certainly take the load off a few guys and they will bring different things to this line-up and I am excited to have them back.”

Face-off for tonight’s home game against Coventry is at 7pm.

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