Double disappointments from Dundee Stars & Braehead Clan

By Craig AndersonFor BBC Sport Scotland
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Dundee Stars' Curtis Leinweber saw the positives in taking a point from each of his team's two weekend games - but it didn't make him feel any better.

They went the distance with Sheffield Steelers and Edinburgh Capitals but lost out in overtime on both occasions.

However, the Tayside forward insists his team will learn from the dual disappointment.

"There are lots of pluses to take from the two games," he said. "We've shown we're resilient, we won't quit and overall we played really well.

"But coming away without a win isn't a good feeling. Getting a point from each game is one thing but it's gut-wrenching to go all the way to overtime then lose out.

"When guys battle hard, but can't get that extra point, it hurts. Having it done to us twice is hard to take, but we'll learn from it in the future."

They hosted league champions Sheffield on Saturday and went down 6-5 in a topsy-turvy encounter that could have gone either way.

John Dolan put the Stars ahead but the visitors struck back through Colton Fretter and Rod Sarich before Bobby Chaumont tied things up a minute into the second period.

Jonathan Phillips restored the advantage for the visitors, which was cancelled out by Jason Gray, but once more the Steelers edged ahead through Tyler Mosienko before Brett Switzer restored parity again.

Ben O'Connor added Sheffield's fifth, with Justin Faryna cancelling out before Russ Moyer's overtime goal eventually sealed the win for the visitors.

The Stars went to Edinburgh on Sunday and, despite clawing back a 3-1 deficit to level the game in normal time, they were sucker-punched again in the extra period.

Paul Zanette, Jacob Johnston and Ryan Hayes put the Caps 3-0. But Dundee came back, levelling through Martins Poreja and two from Faryna.

However, Hayes was the saviour nine seconds from the end of the overtime period to clinch the vital winner for the Murrayfield side.

It made up for their Saturday night at Fife Flyers, where the Capitals went down 5-2 in Kirkcaldy despite being two up through Everett Sheen and David Rutherford.

Matt Delahey and Danny Stewart levelled before the Flyers kicked on and clinched the win, courtesy of goals from Jeff Lee, Patrick Cullen and Nicholas Rioux.

Todd Dutiaume's side then made the long trip to Cardiff on Sunday and were on the wrong end of the same scoreline in South Wales.

Andrew Hotham and Carl Hudson put the home side ahead before Rioux got on the scoresheet but Guillaume Doucet restored the Devils' two-goal gap soon after.

Jake Morissette and Andrew Lord added four and five in the third period to clinch the points, despite Shayne Stockton pulling one back for the visitors to make it 5-2.

Associate coach Danny Stewart admits defensive errors cost the Flyers in their two games but says he and head coach Dutiaume are pleased with what they've seen from their team so far.

"We've seen a lot of positives in our games so far, but we can always get better and the game in Cardiff proved that with the defensive errors we made," he explained.

"There are still ways to go and we certainly don't want a season like last year. The only thing we're concerned about now is looking ahead to next week and we're happy with how things are so far."

As for Braehead Clan, it was a weekend to forget as they went down 4-1 at Belfast Giants and Nottingham Panthers on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Thomas Nesbitt gave Braehead the lead but James Desmarais equalised in the second period before late goals from Derrick Walser, Mitch Ganzak and Colin Shields sealed Belfast's victory.

Then, on Sunday, two first-minute goals from Bryan Schmidt and Juraj Kolnik put the Panthers in pole position over the Glasgow side.

Despite Alex Leavitt pulling one back in the second period for the Clan, two from Stephen Schultz made sure of a comfortable win for the Panthers as the Clan ended the weekend on a run of four without victory.

Weekend results:


Belfast Giants 4-1 Braehead Clan (Challenge Cup)

Dundee Stars 5-6 Sheffield Steelers OT (League)

Fife Flyers 5-2 Edinburgh Capitals (Challenge Cup)


Cardiff Devils 5-2 Fife Flyers (League)

Edinburgh Capitals 4-2 Dundee Stars (Challenge Cup)

Nottingham Panthers 4-1 Braehead Clan (Challenge Cup)

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