Red Devils win one, lose one
The Canterbury Red Devils finally kicked into gear for their National Ice Hockey League season, beating the Botany Swarm 10-3 in Christchurch on Saturday, but they could not repeat the success in Sunday’s second match going down 6-4.
The struggling side had only recorded two wins this season, one of those being an away win over the Swarm early on in the competition.
Coach Matthew Sandford said Saturday’s effort at the Alpine Ice Arena was the best he had seen his side play all season, but was disappointed they couldn’t back the win up for the double header.
‘‘We had enough chances to win, but we started really bad – down 3-1 after the first period.
‘‘I think we thought it was going to be easy.’’
On Saturday the Red Devils’ stand outs were Chris Eaden, Austin Delonge and Robbie Banks, who were all influential for the home side.
Eaden grabbed a hat-trick for his side while Delonge slotted two.
Other goal scorers were Banks, Jaxon Lane, Brad Apps, Kyle Nash and Alex Egan who all scored one each.
Goalie Damien King helped his side defensively with 54 saves from 57 shots.
The Red Devils on Sunday however looked tired on attack and allowed three easy goals to the visitors early in the match.
Red Devils goal scorers were Christoph Hechtl, Banks, Eaden and Kyle Nash.
King was again a saviour at the back, saving 52 shots on goal for the Swarm.
The Red Devils will have a week to iron out their imperfections before the championship leaders the Southern Stampede arrive in Christchurch on Saturday.