Edinburgh Capitals’ good form continued last night with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Dundee Stars at Murrayfield.
The result brought the club its seventh win from eight games.
Capitals’ forward Daniel Naslund – who after the match was presented with the Edinburgh Capitals Supporters Club player of the month award – hailed management’s decision to add more depth to the squad, with the recent addition of American defenseman Loren Barron a massive factor in their winning run.
A delighted Naslund said: “A big part of our game recently is that we now have enough guys who are healthy to run three lines.
“The third line is doing a very good job of wearing teams down and creating energy, which allows everyone to feel fresh in the latter stages of the game.”
For new Stars player and ex-Capitals’ captain Martin Cingel – who in two spells spent a total of 11 years with the Edinburgh club – it was an unhappy return to Murrayfield.
Cingel left the game midway through the second period after suffering a puck to the face and an accidental bodycheck from one of his new team-mates.
Edinburgh created the better chances in the first period, but it was Dundee who opened the scoring in the 19th minute through Sean Ringrose.
Caps then turned the game in a three-minute spell.
Great strength on the boards from current captain Jade Portwood saw him take a return pass from Hartmann to fire home on 25 minutes, before Hartmann finished a lovely breakout move involving Naslund and Rene Jarolin to give the hosts the lead in the 29th minute.
Caps’ forward Greg Collins made it 3-1 early in the third period, only for Dundee’s Shane Lust to pull one back a minute later.
Edinburgh – who also beat Stars by the same score-line on Saturday in Dundee – move up to seventh in the table above Hull Stingrays, Fife Flyers and Dundee, who prop up the table now seven points out of a play-off spot.