New man all for the Stars

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - SPORTS -

AF­TER the dis­ap­point­ment of last week­end, Dundee Stars are look­ing to pick them­selves up as they pre­pare to face two in-form teams in their next two matches.

To­mor­row they travel to Al­trin­cham to face Manch­ester Storm and fol­low that with a home fix­ture against Sh­effield Steel­ers on Sun­day (6.30pm).

Coach Omar Pacha said show­ings against Ed­in­burgh Cap­i­tals, where Dundee lost 7-2 and 2-1, were to­tally unac­cept­able and things needed to im­prove.

The coach acted swiftly to add more fire­power to his ros­ter with the sign­ing this week of Justin Fox. That cou­pled with the ar­rival of Brian Hart, will cer­tainly add more qual­ity to the team al­though Fox won’t ar­rive in time to play this week­end.

Manch­ester come into the game as league lead­ers, three points ahead of sec­ond-placed Sh­effield.

They had a 6-0 win over Mil­ton Keynes Light­ning in their last match.

Storm are coached by for­mer Brae­head Clan head coach, Ryan Fin­nerty, who has as­sem­bled a very ex­pe­ri­enced and skil­ful ros­ter that in­cludes for­mer Star, Paul Swindle­hurst and for­mer Fife for­ward, Chris Auger.

For­ward Luke Mof­fat is in scor­ing form, hav­ing grabbed four against Light­ning last week­end in that 6-0 win.

Steel­ers, who beat Dundee 8-2 a few weeks ago on home ice, had two 3-2 wins last week­end against Not­ting­ham Pan­thers and Brae­head Clan.

They have a strong squad, put to­gether by for­mer Coven­try coach, Paul Thom­son.

In Robert Dowd they have one of the best home-pro­duced play­ers in the league.

Omar Pacha com­mented: “This week­end is go­ing to be tough against the two top teams in the league.

“How­ever, we need to go out with a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, play hard for 60 min­utes and stick to our game plan.

“That’s some­thing we didn’t do last week­end but we have been work­ing hard in prac­tice and I have put it over to the guys that we need to erad­i­cate the mis­takes we have been mak­ing.

‘I am de­lighted to have Brian Hart in for the games.

“He is an ex­cel­lent player, and has ex­pe­ri­ence at a very high level so he will add grit and ex­pe­ri­ence, along with skill, to the team.

“Un­for­tu­nately, Justin Fox won’t be here in time to play but we are hope­ful

Omar Pacha has new man Brian Hart avail­able this week­end. Dundee Stars’ Jimmy Jensen (dark top) bat­tles against Ed­in­burgh Cap­i­tals

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