Dundee Stars are turning heads, says coach Marc Lefebvre

By Craig AndersonFor BBC Sport Scotland
Ice Hockey

Dundee Stars head coach Marc Lefebvre believes his team are turning heads in the Elite League after they picked up four points at the weekend.

Home wins over Nottingham Panthers and Manchester Storm have put them into the top half of the table.

"I think we're turning a lot of heads in how we're playing and the ways we're finding to win games," said Lefebvre.

"It shows through our character and our leadership and the win over Nottingham could be a key moment of our season."

Lefebvre's side began their weekend in the best possible way with a 5-2 victory over Nottingham Panthers, who were up for a three-game Scottish trip.

Two goals each from Curtis Leinweber and Justin Faryna along with one from Bobby Chaumont had Dundee five up and cruising against a clearly struggling Panthers.

Goals from David Ling and David Clarke made the scoreline a little more respectable in the third period, but Lefevbre's side had already got the job done.

With a day off on Saturday, they resumed on Sunday where they entertained the Storm and went two up as Jason Gray and Brett Switzer struck either side of the first period break.

Manchester hit back through Matthew Sisca and Ricards Birzinsh, but two more from Switzer completed his hat-trick for a 4-2 lead.

Bobby Chaumont added another early in the third and although Birzinsh clawed another back for Storm, Riley Wetmore and two from David Turon clinched an 8-3 victory.

Braehead Clan picked up another three points from a possible four as they lost on penalty shots to Nottingham Panthers before recovering to thump Edinburgh Capitals.

Ryan Finnerty's men threw away a three-goal lead after Thomas Nesbitt, Matt Keith and Nathan McIver all found the net to open what seemed a good lead for the home side.

David Ling, Matthew Myers and David Clarke spearheaded the Panthers' comeback, which was completed by Juraj Kolnik, who scored the winning penalty shot in a 4-3 win.

The Clan took their frustrations out on poor Edinburgh Capitals on Sunday, whipping them in a 10-2 demolition at Murrayfield.

Trevor Gerling opened the scoring for the Caps, but Braehead soared into a healthy lead as Chris Bruton, Scott Pitt and Stefan Meyer turned it around for a 3-1 first period lead.

Another two from Bruton along with further strikes from Pitt, Nesbitt and Brendan Brooks saw Braehead 8-1 ahead before Jacob Johnston pulled one back for Edinburgh.

Bruton and Pitt added goals nine and ten to complete an emphatic victory for Ryan Finnerty's side over the Capitals.

Fife Flyers had a mixed weekend as they lost then won in two home visits by Sheffield Steelers and the Panthers, who completed their three games north of the border.

On Saturday, Flyers went down 4-1 to the Steelers despite going in front through Jeff Lee, before he was cancelled out by Robert Dowd.

Ben O'Connor and Colton Fretter then added goals for the Steelers during the second period as they took control of the game.

But Fife were killed off late in the third as Brown illegally touched the puck after being pulled from the action late on, awarding an automatic goal for Sheffield.

They recovered to take both points from the Panthers on Sunday in a 5-2 victory, sending Corey Neilson's side home with only two points from three games.

Jeff Lee struck first for the Flyers before Panthers namesake Stephen Lee levelled then Philippe Pacquet restored the Flyers' lead, only to be cancelled out by Logan MacMillan.

But the Flyers took the win in the third period as Justin Fox, TJ Caig and Michael Dorr all scored, ending the weekend in celebration.



Dundee Stars 5 Nottingham Panthers 2


Braehead Clan 3 Nottingham Panthers 4 (PS)

Fife Flyers 1 Sheffield Steelers 4


Dundee Stars 8 Manchester Storm 3

Edinburgh Capitals 2 Braehead Clan 10

Fife Flyers 5 Nottingham Panthers 2

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