Kitmart Dundee Stars Head Coach, Omar Pacha wants to see his side get back on track this weekend as they begin with a road trip to Sheffield.

By Kris Smith

The Stars boss is looking for his side to go into the Utilita Arena and come away with something against the Steelers on Saturday night.

Just two weeks ago, Dundee proved they can beat league leaders as they claimed a 3-2 victory on home ice.

Goals from Sebastian Bengtsson, Craig Garrigan and Charlie Combs lifted them past the Steelers for the first time this season, with Robert Dowd and Marc-Olivier Vallerand netting for the Yorkshire club.

In their two other previous meetings this season, Sheffield were the winners on both occasions after claiming 3-1 and 2-1 wins at home and on the road.

The Stars had been on a three-game winning run before last weekend, but a 4-3 shootout defeat to Manchester Storm and a 5-2 regulation loss to Nottingham Panthers disrupted their upwards trajectory.

Meanwhile, the Elite League pace-setters are two points clear at the top and 25 points ahead of Dundee, who currently sit ninth.

The Steelers have also won three on the bounce since their defeat on Tayside, two weeks ago and Head Coach Aaron Fox will not be ready to let the Stars steal more points away from the title favourites.

The Stars Coach also confirmed that injured trio, Kyle Haas, Michael Poirier and Gabriel Desjardins will return to the line-up this weekend, but also listed Canadian forwards, Dillon Lawrence and Alexandre Ranger as day-to-day.

Discussing how he and his teammates plan to cause another upset against the Steelers, forward, Philippe Sanche said: “I think we have to do the same things, because we have been playing some good hockey at home.

“It is just about finding a way to bring that same energy on the road and we did a good job against them last time and played the same way for a full 60 minutes, so we just have to focus and keep doing the little things right.

“After last weekend, I think we just have to reset our mindset and go into the Sheffield game with confidence.

“We have been struggling on the road this year, so it is about finding a way to get points on the road and turning things round again, but the team are feeling good and confident of getting a result.”

Tonight’s game in Sheffield will face-off at 7pm.

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