Canty sur­vive Cap­i­tal scare

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De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Can­ter­bury made hard work of it against the hosts but emerged with a per­fect record af­ter two days of the Na­tional Hockey League in Welling­ton.

Af­ter a 3-0 win over South­ern to open their ti­tle de­fence on Saturday, the Cats pipped Cap­i­tal 1-0 on Sun­day as they eye a day off and build to­wards Thurs­day’s quar­ter­fi­nals.

Striker Rachel McCann de­liv­ered the win­ning goal from a penalty cor­ner mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter to keep the Cats un­de­feated.

Black Stick Kelsey Smith was out­stand­ing for Cap­i­tal but the hosts are yet to trou­ble the scor­ers af­ter two days, hav­ing opened with a 2-0 de­feat to Auck­land.

The Cats had ac­counted for South­ern 3-0 on Saturday with an early field goal from striker McCann open­ing the scor­ing. The re­main­der of the first half a tough de­fen­sive bat­tle.

Can­ter­bury showed their class with a great patch of play in the third quar­ter with goals from Emily Wium and Bridget Kid­dle.

Mid­lands women made a state­ment with an im­pres­sive 4-1 win over Cen­tral to highlight day two. Af­ter Saturday’s frus­trat­ing loss to North­land, Mid­lands made their chances count against Cen­tral with two goals in each half.

The men had Sun­day off af­ter a fran­tic open­ing day where North Har­bour snatched a 4-3 win over Cap­i­tal in a thriller.

Last year’s run­ners-up Can­ter­bury had an em­phatic 10-1 vic­tory over North­land fu­elled by a four-goal bag from striker Sam Lane. Do­minic New­man added a hat-trick while Cam Hayde, De­clan Keaney and David Bry­don also net­ted.

Auck­land were im­pres­sive as they warded off Cen­tral 3-0, while South­ern downed Mid­lands 2-1 in cold and wet con­di­tions.

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