By Kris Smith
The 68 shots against Dundee in Belfast last Saturday’s 4-3 victory is the highest amount of shots on goal recorded during the Omar Pacha era of the Stars.
The previous highest was 52 and that number was recorded in four games with Dundee having 52 shots on target twice against Milton Keynes Lightning.
Whereas, Sunday’s 5-3 win against Manchester Storm meant that since the Storm joined the Elite League, both sides have won 14 games each and there were only four different scorers of Dundee’s nine goals last weekend.
Kevin Dufour scored twice in each game and Anthony Beauregard bagged three, including two empty net goals.
Meanwhile, Matt Marquardt and Egils Kalns both scored a single goal each against Manchester.
In what was the Stars fifth Challenge Cup win against the Giants and their third in the SSE Arena, Dundee netminder, Alex Leclerc made 65 saves.
Added to the 37 stops he made on Sunday, Leclerc’s 102 saves gave him a save percentage of 94.44 per cent for the weekend and he had a goals against average of three per game.
The Canadian goaltender now has an overall save percentage of 91.46 per cent and a goals against average of 3.36 for all competitive games played for Dundee.
Dufour and Beauregard both had four points in the weekend’s two games while Marquardt assisted twice for three points.
Following week four, the Stars statistics leaders have again slightly changed.
In the cup, Beauregard leads the team with five goals and seven points while Marquardt and Shawn Boutin have the most assists, with four each.
Meanwhile in the league, Kalns has three goals in three games to be Stars top scorer and Elgin Pearce has the most assists and points with four helpers for five points.
The Stars play back-to-back games against Guildford Flames this weekend and since the Surrey side re-joined the British topflight two season ago, they have had a lot of success against Dundee.
In their inaugural Elite League season, Paul Dixon’s men won all four games against the Taysiders but last season saw Omar Pacha’s men buck that trend as they claimed a single win at home and a shootout win on the final day of the regular season in Guildford.
Now the overall tally sits at two wins for Dundee and eight for the Flames.
However, Marquardt had a very good scoring record against Guildford last campaign, as the Stars captain netted five times in three games.
Forward, Jordan Cownie and defenseman, Drydn Dow also scored against the Flames last year and there are four players heading into this weekend on point streaks.
Latvian forward, Kalns has four points in the last four games and Beauregard has seven points, Dufour six and Pearce five in the last three matches.
Face off time for this Saturday’s home game against Guildford is at 7pm.
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