Win and a loss on ice at weekend
Queenstown’s Stampede ice hockey team inflicted the first loss on the competition leading West Auckland Admirals on the weekend.
The Admirals retained their unbeaten record for the season on the first night of competition, winning 4-1 on Saturday.
However, the Skycity Stampede fought back for a 4-1 win on Sunday, breaking the Admirals run and claiming the Toa Kauhanga Riri Tio Trophy, which is claimed only when the holder is defeated on their home rink during the second weekend game.
Stampede coach Adam Blanchette said the team stuck with their game plan for 60 minutes and had a positive weekend.
It followed a difficult week of hearings resulting in Stampede player Mitchell Frear having a three-match suspension for fighting rescinded by the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation.
In a disciplinary statement the Federation said there were extenuating circumstances as Frear intervened to protect a vulnerable team mate from a head injury.
The incident occurred against the Botany Swarm, at the Queenstown Ice Arena during Winter Festival.
This weekend the Stampede play the Dunedin Thunder, the only other team to have notched a win this season against the Stampede, in Queenstown.
Anna Smoothy negotiates Treble Cone.