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.

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