Stampede in waiting
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.