Ice hockey: Dundee Stars lose twice at weekend
Dundee Stars captain Johan Andersson insists he still has confidence in his team, but admits this weekend was far from what was expected.
A 5-0 shutout loss at home to Guildford Flames on Saturday was followed up by a 5-3 road loss at Edinburgh Capitals 24 hours later, including a four-goal first period collapse.
"Obviously, it's far from what we were looking for from the weekend," he said.
"We didn't play a good game and Guildford were the better team."
The Swede says consistency has been an issue for the Stars, who sit second bottom of the Elite League after 18 games.
Andersson continued: "We had a long talk after to try and step it up going into the Edinburgh game.
"I think we did, but we shot ourselves in the foot and they scored on their powerplay.
"We play Sheffield (Steelers) on Wednesday and they've beaten us heavily twice so far. But I don't see why we can't turn it around in that game.
"They are the one of the top teams and of course, we have a chance to win. It's hockey and anything can happen."
The Stars weekend started in the worst possible way with that shutout loss home ice by the Flames.
Ian Watters opened the scoring after 21 seconds with Calle Ackered adding a second before the game had even reached the two-minute mark.
It set the tone for a miserable night as Flames' evening got even better as Liam Stewart, Jeremy Lundin and Geoff Walker got the other markers to complete a poor night for Dundee.
Omar Pacha took his men to Edinburgh on Sunday looking to turn things around, but were sunk in their third loss in four over the struggling Capitals, going down 5-3.
Andersson opened the scoring, but the Caps stung them with four quick goals as Juris Upitis, Konstantin Teslyukevich, Dylan Anderson and Sergei Banashakov found the net.
Brian Hart and Marc-Olivier Mimar pulled Dundee to within one, but Mike Cazzola's powerplay marker secured their second win in three games.
It was a good recovery for the Capitals, whose joy of snapping a 13-game losing run last Sunday was quickly shattered by an 8-2 shellacking at Braehead Clan on Saturday night.
Although Banashkov got the opener for the Caps, Clan quickly turned it around through Tyler Shattock, Tyler Scofield and a double from Brendan Brooks.
Pavel Vorobyev pulled one back for the visitors, but Braehead kicked on as Brooks completed his hat-trick followed by singles from Craig Cescon, Jacob Doty and Mike Embach.
Fife Flyers welcomed Cardiff Devils to Kirkcaldy on Saturday, a team they came back to beat 8-6 after being 5-1 down last week, but couldn't achieve a similar outcome.
Peter LeBlanc and Evan Bloodoff put Fife two up, but were clawed back through strikes from Layne Ulmer and Joey Martin.
Gleason Fournier added a third before Andrew Lord's goal put them 4-2 in front to effectively seal the game, despite a late Danick Gauthier consolation.
They saved the best for last though against Nottingham Panthers at the Motorpoint Arena on Sunday, overcoming a 4-1 deficit to take the game 5-4 in overtime.
Panthers surged in front with goals from Mark Derlago, Josh Shalla and Brett Perlini before LeBlanc got one on the board.
David Clarke put the home side 4-1 ahead, but Ian Young, Gauthier and Chase Schaber helped take the game to the extra period where Young settled things with the winner.
Braehead Clan 8 Edinburgh Capitals 2
Dundee Stars 0 Guildford Flames 5
Fife Flyers 3 Cardiff Devils 4
Edinburgh Capitals 5 Dundee Stars 3
Nottingham Panthers 4 Fife Flyers 5 (OT)