The Trade-Mart Dundee Stars host Manchester Storm for their first meeting against the Altrincham side this season, as the Stars aim to bounce-back from last night’s defeat by securing their first points of the regular season.

By Kris Smith

Yesterday evening, Dundee were down in Nottingham on their first road trip south of the border this year and they went down 6-2 to the Panthers at the Motorpoint Arena.

A quick start by the home side saw them open up a 3-0 lead after the first period, as Adam Brady, Jeremy Welsh and Brett Welychka all found the back of the net, before Tanner Sorensen made it 4-0 with the only goal of the middle session.

Then in the third period, Craig Puffer deflected a fifth goal home, before Fabrizio Ricci got Dundee off the mark.

The Stars captain beat Alex Dubeau with a shot through the five-hole and moments later, Dundee needed another as Elijiah Barriga scored on the powerplay.

The American was able to tap in the rebound of Devon Daniels saved effort and that converted the man advantage as Duggie Lagrone sat in the box for an instigation and fighting penalties, after he dropped the gloves with Sanche.

Welsh would then bag his brace just two minutes from time to give Gary Graham’s side the 6-2 win and keep the Stars searching for their first league points.

Meanwhile, tonight’s visitors come to Dundee off the back of a four-point weekend, as last Saturday they skated to a 5-1 win over Fife Flyers in Kirkcaldy, before beating Glasgow Clan 6-3 at the Storm Shelter.

Goals from Jesper Ohrvall (3), Cameron Critchlow (2), Zac Herrmanm, Tyson Fawcett, Jake Bricknell, Ryan Barrow, Cole Carter and Dallas Erhardt helped the Storm to their first league victories.

Looking ahead to tonight’s match and what the team must do to get that crucial first win, Stars forward, Carter Folk, said: “We just have to be worrying about our own game and playing the full 60 minutes, and let everything else take care of itself.

“It all comes down to just playing the same game for 60 minutes, bearing down in those important moments and sticking together as a team.”

The Canadian also shared how much the large home crowds have given the team a boost through the opening month of the season.

Carter added: “The fans have been great so far, obviously we have not had the success we are looking for at home, but we are giving it our all and are hoping to string together some good efforts to get some wins for the fans.”

Face-off for tonight’s home match is at 7pm.

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