Undefeated Admirals face season’s biggest test
It’s a battle of first versus second as the west’s top ice hockey side battle for national supremacy this week.
The West Auckland Admirals host last year’s champions, the Southern Stampede, twice this weekend.
Admirals’ captain Justin Daigle was expecting a tough few matches. ‘‘We’re feeling good and feeling ready. We understand it’s going to be a big test.’’
After six games of the national ice hockey league the Admirals are undefeated. The Stampede have lost one.
The Canadian said the game plans for the round five clash were focused on putting pressure on the Stampede, and converting offensive chances.
‘‘We will try to take care of our own business and try to dictate the pace of the match.’’
The 29-year-old said the biggest test will be playing consistent through the full 60 minutes.
‘‘We need to make sure from the first puck drop to the final buzzer we’re consistent in our effort and discipline. We know the Stampede are big and strong, so we’ll want to match them physically,’’ Daigle said.
*Key details: Admirals vs Stampede. July 1 and July 2. Paradice Arena, Avondale.
Puck drops both days at 4.30pm. Adults $15, children $10, under 10 free. Visit westaucklandadmirals.co.nz.
Admirals’ captain Justin Daigle says his side have made some systematic changes in preparation for the Admirals’ biggest test yet.