The Kitmart Dundee Stars are aiming to bounce back from Saturday night’s defeat with an important win in their first clash with their main rivals, Fife Flyers.

By Kris Smith

Dundee came up short in Manchester last night after losing 3-1 to the Storm in their opening Elite League fixture, with Elgin Pearce netting the Stars lone goal.

However, now the Stars are aiming to continue their good start in the Challenge Cup by defeating their arch-rivals Fife.

After two wins over Glasgow Clan last week, Dundee sit top of Group A and want to hold onto that position.

Meanwhile, the Flyers were also defeated on Saturday night as they were beaten by Glasgow 3-2.

Danick Gauthier and Tim Crowder gave the home side some late momentum as they came from 3-0 down but the game-tying goal alluded them.

That was the Kirkcaldy club’s first competitive game after they had played four preseason matches, two agaisnt Herlev Eagles and two against EV Landshut.

The first three games all required overtime to find a winner, twice that being Fife but the home side won a game each against both clubs.

Dundee will be at full strength as Egils Kalns re-enters the line-up after serving his one game suspension and Todd Dutiaume had a full roster available to him last night against Glasgow.

After scoring again last night, Pearce has now taken his point streak to six points in three games and he has a goal in each match.

Fife’s Mike Cazzola assisted both of his sides goals against Clan and looks to again be a dangeorus player, in his third Elite League season.

Stars forward, Brett Stovin is looking forward to playing in his first derby and has been hearing all about it since he arrived in Scotland.

He said: “I have heard a lot about Fife, I have been hearing about it since the moment I got here and I am really looking forward to it.

“The fans are going to get us ready for the game, we have had a long trip to Manchester and back on Saturday.

“I am excited to see what the atmosphere is like but whether it is a rivalry or not, you have to win the hockey game.”

Get your tickets for Sunday’s massive home game HERE!

There will also be a Foodbank collection at Sunday’s match, doors open at 4pm and the match will start at 5pm.

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