The Trade-Mart Dundee Stars can start their Elite League campaign off with a win over Sheffield Steelers tonight, at the DIA and can also complete a second consecutive four-point weekend.

By Kris Smith

The Stars have both won and lost so far this week as they responded to Thursday’s 5-2 home loss to Fife Flyers, by beating Glasgow Clan 3-1 on the road last night.

Hugo Reinhardt netted in both the first and second periods to give the Stars – 2-0 lead after 40 minutes, with his first effort beating Clan keeper, Zach Driscoll over his left shoulder and the second goal came on the powerplay, with a clean finish from point-blank range.

Then Elijiah Barriga added a third goal early in the third period to push Dundee 3-0 in front, before Nolan LaPorte provided a quick response and pulled one back for the Clan.

 

The Stars completed the sweep of Glasgow Clan in the Challenge Cup as they took their third win of the group stage, with a 3-1 result in Braehead. (Picture: Al Goold).

 

It was a feisty affair as there was scraps in every period, with a total of 69 penalty minutes in the game and two fights.

Meanwhile, the Steelers make their first trip back to the DIA after losing the Playoff Quarter-Finals on Tayside, last April and last night, they beat Manchester Storm 5-2.

On the scoresheet for Aaron Fox’s men was Matthew Petgrave (2), Adam Raska, Scott Allen and Daniel Ciampini, as the Steelers clinched their first win in the league.

Tonight, the Stars will still be missing the injured Craig Garrigan, Ben Sokay and Kris Inglis, but Ben Brown will re-join the team, after scoring four goals for Dundee Comets in their 9-4 victory over Kilmarnock Thunder yesterday.

Looking ahead to tonight’s clash, Brown said: “We just have to play our game tonight and if we will do that then we will be just fine.

“Obviously we expect Sheffield to come in here and play hard, be tough and play a fast game, so it will not be an easy game, but as long as we focus on ourselves then we can get the result we want.”

The 18-year-old also discussed how he has enjoyed his time with the team so far and expressed his hunger to take his chances when they come.

Ben added: “It is great being around the boys and learning from them, but also getting to play big minutes with the Comets too, so it is great to get the best of both worlds.

“It is also nice to get a chance against bigger teams and the chance to show what I can do, so I just need to take those opportunities whenever they come.”

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

 

Banner image: Derek Black.

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