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Dundee Stars 7 Glasgow Clan 2
Glasgow Clan’s opening Challenge Cup weekend ended in disappointment as Dundee Stars made it two wins from two to take maximum points.
Zack Fitzgerald’s team made the trip to Dundee, the first of a five-week schedule of games on the road, looking to reclaim the two points lost in Saturday’s 6-3 home loss.
But the clock had barely reached the first minute when Anthony Beauregard was set up by Elgin Pearce to open the scoring for the home side.
A couple of minutes later, the home fans were on their feet in celebration of a second goal as Pearce went from provider to finisher and Clan were already in a tricky spot.
Duncan Speirs added a third for the Stars before the ten-minute mark and Dundee were well on the road to repeating what they did in Glasgow.
The Clan rallied as Scott Pitt picked up his first goal of the season, from a Mathieu Roy assist and the deficit was cut as hope of a comeback was kindled.
It took the Stars a little while to find their scoring touch again, but restored the three-goal gap as Reilly O’Connor found the net.
Nolan LaPorte got into a scrap with Dundee’s Kris Inglis to earn themselves a five-minute penalty for fighting each, but the wind was taken out of the Clan sails as the Stars added two quick goals to kill off the contest.
Kevin Dufour’s blast from the blue line flew into Patrick Killeen’s net before Pearce’s second of the night made it 6-1 and the hopes of those Cup points were diminishing.
LaPorte’s first goal of the season, from outside the crease, pulled another back, but it was to serve as a mere consolation for the visitors.
Beauregard’s second with around ten minutes to go bookended another good night for Dundee Stars and their coach Omar Pacha to make it a four-point weekend for them.
For Clan, it was another disappointing night, compounded by an injury to Craig Moore, that caused concern on a weekend to forget.