Red Devils win one, lose one

The Press - - Entertainment - OLIVIA CALD­WELL

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.

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