Five Things We Learned: Stars shine in cup

Dundee took four points from six at the weekend (PHOTO: Derek Black)

The weekend’s over.  We’ve weighed up what’s happened so here is what we learned from the past few days.

1. Stars shine in cup

Dundee Stars appear to be finding a tune and they enjoyed a productive weekend as they picked up two big wins in a three game weekend.

Friday’s 2-0 loss at Belfast Giants was one of those things, but when they needed to bounce back, they did so in style, taking it out on Fife Flyers the following night, spanking them 6-1.

Then they got their own back on Belfast, letting them claw their way back from a 2-0 deficit to level at 2-2, only to nab two late ones and win the game.

They’ve looked good in their early performances this season so far and players such as Philipe Sanche, Charlie Combs and Kyle Haas have made a positive start to life on Tayside.

Manchester Storm are scoring, but their issue is letting them in down the other end (PHOTO: Mark Ferriss)

2. Storm’s leaky defence

While Dundee Stars are feeling good about themselves, Ryan Finnerty’s side will be less so after another disappointing weekend.

Two more sobering losses to Sheffield Steelers (5-3) and Nottingham Panthers (7-3) will give the Storm coach some early season issues he’ll need to address.

With seasoned Elite League campaigners in Linden Springer, Zach Sullivan and Dallas Ehrhardt in their ranks, it’s surprising to see.

However, they are scoring goals which may give some level of comfort.  At the back, there is work to do and they’ve got the week to prepare for *checks notes* Nottingham Panthers. Oh.

3. Pay your taxes

Panthers may have had a mixed week in terms of results, but whoever looks after the club’s vehicles dropped a clanger.

One of their cars was pictured on social media earlier this week with a clamp attached to the front left wheel, which was reportedly as a result of the car tax not being paid.

The club haven’t made any comment on the photo or confirmed why it was clamped, but we’ve all learned something from this one.

Simply, don’t forget to pay your taxes.

Leeds Knights coach Dave Whistle has oversaw an impressive start to their Autumn Cup campaign (PHOTO: Andy Bourke/Podium Prints)

4. Knights crusade to wins again

Is there no stopping Leeds Knights right now?  Dave Whistle’s return to ice hockey in the UK has made quite the impact as his team ended the weekend with five wins from five in the Autumn Cup.

Beating Basingstoke Bison 3-1 on Saturday then a thumping 10-4 success over Raiders has cemented their position at the top and on current form, who can stop them?

This weekend, they play the bottom teams in the standings – Peterborough Phantoms and Milton Keynes Lightning. It may not be them, but they’re warming up nicely for the National League season.

5. King Liv a record breaker

She may have given up working in the Elite League, but the sight of former official Liv Andersson receiving a Guinness World Record at the weekend was one that brought a smile to our faces.

Liv ran this weekend’s London Marathon kitted out as Henry VIII and recorded a time of 3.39:50, the fastest for a female dressed as a monarch.

The look on her face when she’s presented with her award says it all.  Well done, Liv!

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