The Kitmart Dundee Stars are out to steal some points on the road this weekend as they visit Nottingham Panthers and Coventry Blaze, in league action.

By Kris Smith

The Stars finally collected their first league victory of the season last Saturday, as they hammered Guildford Flames 7-0 at home and now Omar Pacha wants to see his side string some wins together.

Saturday will be there second trip of the year to Nottingham and on their last visit, Dundee were edged out in a narrow 2-1 defeat.

Oliver Betteridge had given the Panthers a first period lead, before Philippe Sanche brought the Scots back on to level terms in the third.

Although, Robbie Baillargeon responded swiftly to score what would be the game-winning-goal.

Tim Wallace’s side come into the game off the back a 3-0 win in Cardiff over the Devils and leading their team in scoring is Betteridge, who has collected 10 points (6G, 4A) in 10 games.

Nottingham currently occupy second place in the league table with eight points from six games, which is six spots and as many points ahead of Dundee.

American forward, Charlie Combs has been the Stars most productive player so far with 12 points (4G, 8A) in 13 matches.

The injured quartet of Craig Moore, Markus Kankaanperä, Toms Rutkis and Philippe Sanche are all late fitness calls for Head Coach, Pacha ahead of the weekend road trip.

Stars forward, Craig Garrigan has shared what he believes the team must to come away with the win on their second visit to Nottingham.

He said: “In the previous encounter we had with them, we were in a very close game and we felt like we deserved something more from it.

“This time, to come away with the two points we have to play a solid 60 minute game with high intensity.

“That’s what it takes when you come up against a big team like Nottingham, especially away from home, if you take a shift or two off you’ll get punished.”

The former Panther then discussed how the team is full of confidence and he feels goals will come much easier to him and his hard-working teammates.

Craig added: “After our big result Saturday, I would say there is a lot more confidence within the team now, beforehand we were missing out on points by one goal or even being the better team and still not getting the result we deserved.

“If we stick to our systems and play to our strengths, then we should be able to find the back of the net more easily and get the results we deserve.”.

Finally, the 23-year-old spoke about how starting the weekend off with a big win in Nottingham could kick-start a good run of form, as the Stars play their next three games away from home.

“Winning that first road game can be huge for us as it is a good start to our three road games but also it is crucial to have a bounce back game after our disappointing game in Fife last Sunday”, said Garrigan.

He continued: “We always talk about how we want to be consistent, so hopefully we can start that this weekend with a win on Saturday.”

Saturday’s match in Nottingham will face-off at 7pm.

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