(Dundee win on penalty shots)
STAFF spent hours clearing snow and ice from around the Dundee Ice Centre in an effort to get Saturday’s game on and their efforts were rewarded as the Stars beat the Vipers in the battle of the bottom two.
A home win looked unlikely, though, after just seven minutes of play as the Vipers swept into a two-goal lead with just 33 seconds between the scores. Kyle Sibley put Newcastle ahead and the next attack on Ladislav Kudrna’s goal resulted in Jamie Carroll adding the second.
But goals from Peter Cartwright (nine minutes) and Dan Ceman (16 minutes) levelled the score and the home side went ahead two minutes into the second period through AJ Maclean.
Patrik Forsbacka’s powerplay strike on 28 minutes negated this goal but the Stars looked to have secured a late regulation time victory when Ceman added his second with eight minutes left to play.
The Vipers, however, never stopped trying and Carroll, 2+2 for the night, made it 4-4 on 55 minutes with his sixth goal of the season.
After an inconclusive overtime period, Ceman’s penalty shot success proved to be the decisive strike and the loss meant that the Vipers dropped to the bottom of the table.
SCORERS – Dundee Stars: Ceman 2+0, Cartwright 1+1, MacLean 1+0, Hughes 0+3, Kudrna, Makway and Zarb 0+1.
Newcastle Vipers: Carroll 2+2, Sibley 1+1, Forsbacka 1+0, Rzeszutk0 0+2, Prpich and Stewart 0+1.