Stam­pede in wait­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

With two rounds of games un­til the New Zealand Ice Hockey League fi­nals get un­der way, Queen­stown’s South­ern Stam­pede are re­ly­ing on other teams to help push them into the top two.

Af­ter awin 6-4 and a shootout loss against the West Auck­land Ad­mi­rals at the weekend, the lo­cal favourites are fourth in the five-team com­pe­ti­tion.

Cap­tain Bert Haines said the team would have to win two matches each against the Botany Swarm in Auck­land in two weeks and the Can­ter­bury Red Devils, in Queen­stown, to be in with a chance.

‘‘And we need some­one else to be help­ing us out. It be­comes a bit of am­ath­e­mat­ics game.’’

Fri­day night’s loss was a bit­ter pill, com­ing down to a penalty shootout.

How­ever, play­ing in front of the home crowd was fan­tas­tic.

‘‘We have the loud­est, most pas­sion­ate fans.

‘It sure makes play­ing in front of them such a spe­cial treat. It’s pretty in­cred­i­ble.’’ The next home games will be against the Can­ter­bury Red Devils on Au­gust 15 and 16.


Cold clash: South­ern Stam­pede player Brian Dunford bat­tles for the puck against West Auck­land Ad­mi­rals player Glen Pat­ter­son (on right) at the Queen­stown Ice Arena on Satur­day night.

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