Un­de­feated Ad­mi­rals face sea­son’s big­gest test

Western Leader - - LOCALJOBS - CAL­LUM MCGILLIVRAY

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.

PHOTOTEK

Ad­mi­rals’ cap­tain Justin Daigle says his side have made some sys­tem­atic changes in prepa­ra­tion for the Ad­mi­rals’ big­gest test yet.

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