Stam­pede iden­ti­fies things to work on

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By DEB­BIE JAMIESON

The South­ern Stam­pede had its first out­ing for the 2015 sea­son, com­ing away with lots of pos­i­tives, cap­tain Bert Haines said.

The Queen­stown-based ice hockey team played pre-sea­son games against last year’s new Zealand Ice Hockey League fi­nal­ists the Dunedin Thun­der on Satur­day and Sun­day.

The re­sults – two losses of 4-3 and 4-2 – were not what the team would have liked, he said.

‘‘No-one likes to lose but we took it as a real pos­i­tive we got to work on those things be­fore we head up to Auck­land when it ac­tu­ally mat­ters.’’

The team’s first league games for the sea­son are against Botany Swarm on June 5 and 6.

The pre-sea­son games were a good mea­sure of the team’s fit­ness and an op­por­tu­nity to play in a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment with lots of per­son­nel changes.

The Stam­pede had ‘‘man­aged to keep some of our young fel­las’’ but there was a new coach, Adam Blanchette , and five new im­ported play­ers; one each from France and Canada and three from the United States.

Mitchell Frear has re­turned from study in Dunedin join­ing his two broth­ers Lach­lan and Cameron on the ice for the Stam­pede for the first time.

Key re­turn­ing play­ers in­cluded Haines, Braden Lee, Mike Mcrae, Matt Sch­nei­der and As­ton Brookes.

Haines said there were a few big hits on the ice ‘‘which were good to see’’ and a some ‘‘mi­nor fistie cuffs’’ but also some great look­ing skill lev­els.

Satur­day’s game was sold out.

South­ern Stam­pede player Har­ri­son Macharg bat­tles with Dunedin Thun­der player Tris­tan Dar­ling.

Photo: James Al­lan/sup­plied

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