Finnerty wary of Stars threat

Braehead Clan Head Coach Ryan Finnerty refuses to accept his team have an edge over Dundee Stars ahead of their meeting on Saturday night.

Clan have won all three of their previous encounters within the last month to move them into a good position in the Gardiner Conference.

But Finnerty says the change in goalie on Tayside this week – with Trevor Koenig arriving to replace the departing Vlastomil Lakosil – shouldn’t cause too many problems for Marc LeFebvre’s side.

He said: “It doesn’t matter what’s happened in previous meetings – it means nothing and Dundee are a good well-balanced team that is coached well.

“They have a new goalie so they’re going to be up for it and it has to makings of a fun night ahead for both sides.

“The fact they’ve had to change a goalie won’t cause too much upheaval. The game plan doesn’t change and we do know he hasn’t played this year.

“That said, I’ve seen goalies come in cold and play great games so that won’t be too much of a factor.

“We want to test him early though and get some traffic in on him with pucks and bodies and make him compete.

“Dundee are a team that can keep you to the outside and we’ll look to exploit that as well as counter their explosive offensive lines. It’s going to be a fun game.”

Clan head to Murrayfield on Sunday to meet Edinburgh Capitals, a team that has undergone significant changes to their roster in the last week or so.

Finnerty says what’s happened to Riley Emmerson’s side could boost their hopes of a top eight finish.

“Edinburgh are still a team that dangerous, despite what’s gone on recently. I’ve found when that kind of thing happens, it can actually bring a locker room closer and bring a Band of Brothers-type mentality and end up playing better hockey.

“We’re aware of that and we’ll go there on Sunday ready to give them the full respect they deserve.

“Chubak, their goalie, is a player that can stand on his head and we’re not going to take them lightly, that’s for sure.”

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