Strength in depth helps Caps to win

Dundee Stars' defencemen, in the white shirts, try to prevent Capitals from scoring
Dundee Stars' defencemen, in the white shirts, try to prevent Capitals from scoring
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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.