Dundee Stars respond with win, Edinburgh stun Sheffield

By Craig AndersonFor BBC Sport Scotland
Ice Hockey

Dundee Stars head coach Marc Lefebvre is delighted to see goals spread throughout his team and insists he was not worried by their recent losing run.

After Saturday's 4-2 loss to Sheffield Steelers, Dundee ended a five-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over Fife Flyers on Sunday.

"Defensemen are scoring and I'm very happy with that," said Lefebvre.

"The goals we're getting are coming from throughout the team and it's great to see that level of depth."

And Lefebvre was also pleased to see his team end the weekend at the top of the Gardiner Conference as a result of Sunday's exertions.

"Going into the Fife game, the winless run didn't concern me at all," he explained. "I knew we would find our way on Sunday as we've done well in our Conference games.

"The Flyers game was for first place in the Conference and they had a great win over Edinburgh on Saturday and their confidence would have been high.

"Right now, we're top of the Conference and that's all we can ask right now."

The Stars began the weekend in Sheffield and Robert Dowd and Levi Nelson put the league champions ahead, before David Turon and Lou Dickenson levelled things up.

Mathieu Roy and Dowd clinched victory in the end for the home side as the Stars returned north to face Fife.

Kevin Hart and Martins Porejs fired the Stars in front, with Justin Fox pulling one back for the Flyers, but further goals from Lou Dickenson and Brett Switzer gave them a 4-1 advantage.

Ryan Dingle added another for Fife, but Jason Gray restored Dundee's three-goal lead. Although Fox fired another home, Dickenson made sure with a late effort.

It was a real damp squib for the Flyers, who had romped to an 8-3 victory over hapless Edinburgh Capitals in their Saturday match.

Goals from Dingle, Patrick Cullen and Kyle Haines put the home side three up before David Rutherford and Ryan Hayes reduced the deficit for the Caps.

But Fife strikes from Dingle, Shayne Stockton, TJ Caig, Danny Stewart and Fox more than secured victory.

Trevor Gerling's late finish for Edinburgh was nothing more than a consolation as Riley Emmerson's side returned over the River Forth.

Sheffield, fresh from their result over Dundee, awaited Edinburgh at Murrayfield on Sunday and the Yorkshire side sustained a surprise loss.

Paul Zanette, Nate Fleming and Craig McCallum gave the Caps an early three-goal lead, but Steelers replied through Roy and Jeff Legue.

Hayes and McCallum made it 5-2, but again Sheffield refused to buckle and goals from Tyler Mosienko and Roy and Chris Lawrence levelled the game with nine minutes to go.

However, McCallum - completing his hat-trick - and Hayes kept the points in Scotland with a superb win for the Caps.

Braehead Clan were also in action at the weekend and it was a good Saturday night for them as they emphatically beat visitors Coventry Blaze 6-0.

Ben Davies set the tone by scoring in the opening minute, with Alex Leavitt adding a second and Scott Pitt getting two.

Thomas Nesbitt and Matt Haywood added further finishes to make it a great night for Ryan Finnerty's men, keeping the Blaze at the foot of the Elite League table.



Braehead Clan 6-0 Coventry Blaze

Fife Flyers 8-3 Edinburgh Capitals

Sheffield Steelers 4-2 Dundee Stars


Dundee Stars 6-3 Fife Flyers

Edinburgh Capitals 7-5 Sheffield Steelers