Dundee CCS Stars continue to impress, after taking full points from their two weekend home fixtures.
On Friday they stunned second-placed Nottingham Panthers with some great ice hockey in the first two periods to take the points in a 5-2 win. They then followed that with an 8-3 rout of Manchester Storm last night.
Stars got their weekend off to a great start against Nottingham.
They opened the scoring after only four minutes when Bobby Chaumont netted.
Curtis Leinweber doubled the home side’s lead two minutes later with an assist from Lou Dickenson.
With just over a minute remaining in the opening stanza, Justin Faryna was given a two-minute minor for boarding. However, Panthers couldn’t make the extra man count as the Dundee penalty- kill team saw out the two minutes.
On 24 minutes, Faryna took the score to 3-0 with a well- taken counter.
The same player grabbed his second of the game on 30 minutes to open up a four-goal advantage.
At this stage, Panthers pulled goalie Miika Wiikman for their back-up, Dan Green.
The large Nottingham support in the crowd were shell-shocked on the 35 minute mark when Leinweber scored his second goal to give the home side a well deserved 5-0 lead going into the final period.
Panthers pulled a goal back after 46 minutes when Stars’ Sam McCluskey was give two minutes for hooking.
On the powerplay, David Ling opened the visitors’ account.
Nottingham registered another goal through David Clarke in the final minute but it was too little too late and Stars took the points with a convincing 5-2 win.
Last night, Stars took the lead on four minutes with a powerplay goal through Jason Gray after Storm’s Matt Paton was given a two minute penalty for slashing.
The home side pressed to increase their lead in what was a scrappy opening session but had to settle for their 1-0 advantage.
Dundee did double their lead on 22 minutes when Brett Switzer netted.
However, the visitors opened their account on 27 minutes with a goal from Mathew Sisca.
Stars’ Curtis Leinweber was then benched for two minutes on a holding penalty and Manchester took advantage of the extra man when Richard Birzinch levelled the scores on the 34-minute mark.
Dundee hit back when Switzer grabber his second of the game on 36 minutes to give them a 3-2 lead and, with 50 seconds left in the period, he completed his hat-trick to send the Taysiders into the final period with a 4-2 lead.
Two minutes after the restart, Bobby Chaumont scored to make it 5-2.
However, just over a minute later, Paul Phillips reduced the leeway with Storm’s third strike.
Stars then took command of the third period and Riley Wetmore made it 6-3. That was followed by a seventh goal from David Turon.
The same player added the final counter of the game with 27 seconds left to give Dundee a convincing 8-3 victory and a four-point weekend.
Coach Marc LaFebvre said: “I thought we played a bit scrappy in the early part and then we stood up to the plate and found a way to win.
“We had a 25-minute skate on Saturday after the win against Nottingham on Friday night and it took us a bit to get going tonight.
“However, we scored eight goals and, as I said, found a way to win.
“Friday was a great performance from the guys.
“Nottingham are a great ice hockey team but we contained their forwards and our forwards did their jobs.
“In this league we have come to expect the unexpected as any one team can beat any other.
“We have a lot of character in this side and they showed that again this weekend.
“That’s 15 weekends gone and we have 15 left.
“We have done well but this is a marathon and we need to keep picking up points.”