The Kitmart Dundee Stars face Guildford Flames at home tonight and are aiming to put an end to a three-game losing run.

By Kris Smith

The Stars suffered defeat last night in Sheffield as they were edged out in a tight contest with the Steelers.

5-4 was the final the score which favoured the league leaders as they went back and forth with Dundee all night.

After a scoreless first period, the Steelers opened the scoring through Tanner Eberle as he netted on the powerplay in the 24th minute.

However, Toms Rutkis drew Dundee level just four minutes later and Charlie Combs then fired the Stars ahead just 90 seconds later.

Although, the home side would net the equaliser through Evan Mosey on 31 minutes and they would regain the lead after Eberle scored on a penalty shot, as he was held back by Spencer Dorowicz.

Going into the third period, the Stars only took two minutes to make it a 3-3 game, as Philippe Sanche found a way past Barry Brust, but less than two minutes after that, Adrian Saxrud Danielsen beat Adam Morrison to make it 4-3 Sheffield.

Then Dundee found their fourth goal of the night on 47 minutes, as Rutkis netted once again, but that would be their final goal, as Matias Sointu went on to bag the game winning goal on 50 minutes.

Now, the Stars welcome the Flames back to the Dundee Ice Arena and clash with the Surrey side for the first time since November.

Incredibly, in three games so far this season, the away team has only scored one goal.

First came a 3-0 win for the Flames at the Spectrum Arena, before the Stars responded with a dominant 7-0 victory in Dundee.

However, in their latest tie south of the border, it finished 7-1 to Guildford – with Cody Drover scoring the only away goal to date.

Forward, Brett Ferguson is the only Flame to have scored more than once against Dundee in this campaign, while Dillon Lawrence has also netted a brace for the Stars.

Discussing his plans to get his side back into the win column, Pacha said: “It is a different fixture to our usual ones against Guildford because they usually have a long trip, however they are playing in Fife on saturday night, so I presume they will stay over.

“So, it will be interesting to see as they are staying over and we will be travelling back from Sheffield, but they are a team we have played well against at home and struggled against on the road.

“So, I hope we can have another good game at home and it is a huge game because Guildford are right in front of us in the league and we have some games in hand, which makes it a big four-point hockey game.”

Face-off for tonight’s home game is at 5pm.

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