Stam­pede’s sea­son un­der way

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

A loss and a win got the South­ern Stam­pede’s pre-sea­son train­ing un­der­way on the weekend.

The Queen­stown-based ice hockey team played close ri­vals the Dunedin Thun­der in Dunedin, on Satur­day, suf­fer­ing a 4-0 loss, but turned things around on Sun­day with a 6-3 win.

Cap­tain Bert Haines said the team had their first time on the ice to­gether on Thurs­day and were ea­ger to play their first game.

‘‘We were just all ex­cited to be on the ice. We went out all guns blaz­ing and were a lit­tle ov­er­en­thu­si­as­tic.

‘‘On Sun­day we set­tled down and let the game come to us and played a lit­tle more in­tel­li­gently.’’

There was go­ing to be a pe­riod of get­ting com­fort­able with each other on the ice, he said.

Sig­nif­i­cant changes since last year in­cluded the re­tire­ment of stal­wart cap­tain Si­mon Glass and the loss of Max Macharg, who headed to Christchurch to study at Lin­coln Univer­sity.

The Stam­pede were yet to con­firm their coach and may have an­other im­port join­ing the team, Haines said.

How­ever, goal keeper As­ton Brookes had re­turned and New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tives – him­self and high school stu­dent Cal­lum Burns – were con­firmed starters.

The first game of the sea­son would be against the Can­ter­bury Red Devils, in Christchurch, on June 7. The first home games would be dur­ing the Queen­stown Win­ter Fes­ti­val on June 21, 22, 27 and 28.

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