The Kitmart Dundee Stars are aiming to win back to back games for the first time this season as they welcome Belfast Giants this evening.

By Kris Smith

A second Challenge Cup tie between the two sides in three days gives the Stars a chance to exact their revenge, after suffering a 2-0 defeat in Belfast on Friday night.

Two first period goals from JJ Piccinich and Lewis Hook gave the Giants their two-goal cushion that lasted for the rest of the match.

Dundee produced a growing display as they slowly came into the game but failed to break down the home team’s defences.

However, Omar Pacha’s men made up for their poor quality of finishing on Friday evening by sticking six goals past their arch enemies, Fife Flyers last night.

While the Giants had a night off, the Stars took control after a goalless first period and stormed into a 3-0 lead in Kirkcaldy.

First club goals for Sebastian Bengtsson and Timi Lahtinen were followed by Dillon Lawrence’s strike in the final minute of the second stanza.

A third period brace for Philippe Sanche and another goal from Spencer Dorowicz put Dundee on 6, while Michael McNicolas’ consultation goal prevented the Flyers from being shutout.

Defenders, Craig Moore and Drew Rumgay, along with forward, Toms Rutkis will not ice this evening due to injury.

Whereas, on Friday, Belfast were missing spare goaltender, Andrew Jackson, defensemen, Cam Knight and forward, Ben Lake.

Discussing a big opportunity to start putting wins together, Stars forward, Craig Garrigan said: “We have played Belfast before here and we know they are a big, strong and fast team.

“So, we know that all of us have to be going on all cylinders for a full 60 minutes and that’s a big ask after a long weekend.

“In our first game against Belfast here, we had a solid first two periods and we kind of collapsed in the third.

“It is going to take a good performance for a full 60 minutes and a top effort from everyone, if we want to come away with the points.”

Tonight’s game at the DIA faces-off at 5pm.

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