Win at Nottingham Panthers lifts Dundee Stars' spirits

By Craig AndersonBBC Sport Scotland
Edinburgh beat west coast rivals Braehead at the weekend

Dundee Stars defenceman Paul Swindlehurst says the team's mood has been lifted following their 4-3 overtime win over Nottingham Panthers on Sunday.

The Tayside men got their first win in six as they overcame the former Elite League champions following Saturday's 5-3 loss at Hull Stingrays.

And the young Englishman revealed his team-mates are loving the sport again after a barren run of defeats.

He said: "On Saturday, the bus from Hull was silent for the whole trip down to Nottingham. The guys haven't been loving hockey, but we're loving it now after getting the win.

"When we lose games we should be winning, it really gets us down. But you can't beat getting at the Panthers.

Braehead Clan coach Ryan Finnerty
"As things stand, there's a long, long way to go to even consider title chances."

"There is still work to do, but I think we can kick on from here and pick up more wins under our belts before Christmas."

The Tayside men levelled three times at Hull but still lost the match.

Hull went ahead through Jordan Mayer, but John Dolan cancelled out for the Stars before Mayer notched the Stingrays' second.

Igor Gongalsky struck twice, either side of Eric Galbraith's goal to make it 3-3 before late goals from Zach Hervato and Carl Lauzon sealed a home win.

On Sunday, the Stars made their way to Nottingham to take on the Panthers, with Max Parent and David Clarke cancelling out strikes by Stars double Bari McKenzie and John Mitchell.

Dolan added another for Dundee, but Robert Farmer equalised. However, Matt Ryan dealt the killer blow to his former team in overtime to seal a much needed Dundee win.

Panthers had just returned from a night in Kirkcaldy when they defeated Fife Flyers 5-3 on Saturday to put them firmly in the title race.

Weekend results
Friday Braehead Clan 0-2 Sheffield Steelers
SaturdayBraehead Clan 5-3 Sheffield SteelersFife Flyers 3-5 Nottingham PanthersHull Stingrays 5-3 Dundee Stars
SundayCardiff Devils 10-0 Edinburgh CapitalsNottingham Panthers 3-4 Dundee Stars 4 (OT)

Bobby Chaumont put Fife a goal up, but Panthers hit back with Robert Lachowicz scoring twice and Farmer adding a third in the first period.

Flyers reduced the deficit in the second, with Danny Stewart striking late on, but Parent netted for the visitors early in the third to reopen the two-goal lead.

Charles Landry added Nottingham's fifth to clinch the points, despite Chris Auger pulling a consolation back for the home team.

Like Fife Flyers, Edinburgh Capitals had only one game of the weekend, but it was one to forget as they were thrashed 10-0 at Cardiff Devils.

Two from Jesse Mychan with one apiece from Jake Morissette, Matthew Myers and Brent Walton had the Welsh side five up after the first two periods.

But Edinburgh collapsed in the third as further goals from Doug Clarkson, Joey Haddad, Chris Culligan and a Joey Martin double made it a miserable trip for the Murrayfield side.

Braehead Clan started their weekend early but can be pleased with their efforts as they lost, then won against Sheffield Steelers in a double header in Glasgow.

Steelers made it five wins in a row over the Clan with a 2-0 win on Friday, courtesy of second-period goals by Mathieu Roy and Colton Fretter.

An incident involving Steelers' new signing Danny Bois and Braehead's Zack Fitzgerald saw the home player handed a two-game ban, the first of which is on Saturday.

But the Glasgow side got their revenge with a 5-3 win over the Yorkshire outfit, with four goals coming in the third period.

Darrell Hay and Robert Dowd had Steelers ahead by the end of the second period, scoring either side of a Matt Keith finish.

Lee Esders and Neil Trimm turned the game around for the home side, with Derek Roehl then Matt Haywood both netting to seal the points, despite Jay Latulippe's late consolation.

Clan coach Ryan Finnerty was pleased to see his team get back to winning ways, but refused to get carried away about his team's Elite League hopes.

He said: "People know who we are and where we're at, but it's for everyone else to talk about just now. As things stand, there's a long, long way to go to even consider title chances.

"It's important we get back on a winning run and keep chipping away. We'll take this win and move on to next week."