NZIHL Round 10 Recap: Playoff Bound

The NZIHL season came down to the final weekend to decide the playoff fate of four out of the five teams – I would consider that a success for the new post-season format.

While the Dunedin Thunder sat and watched the live streams on the NZIHL YouTube channel, the West Auckland Admirals headed to Canterbury needing to leave town with more points than the Skycity Stampede, who were up north invading the Hive in Botany. The Swarm needed six points to leapfrog the Thunder into that third spot to get into the one-off battle against the second place team.

The Admirals ended up sweeping the weekend against the Red Devils despite a minor scare late in the first game when Canterbury staged a late comeback, leaving their hopes and dreams of home ice in the hands of their cross-town brothers.

Unfortunately for the West Auckland lads, the Stampede dominated the Swarm leaving Auckland outscoring the home team 15-0. Stampede captain and giant human, Matt Schneider ended up winning the scoring race with 44 points, including 20 goals, beating his teammate Mike McRae by a single point.

After ten rounds of hockey, this is what the final season standings look like.

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Along with finishing at the top of the league once again, the Stampede also hold the best power play and penalty kill in the NZIHL.

So then, the Dunedin Thunder will now hit the road to face the West Auckland Admirals for a special edition of Friday Night Puck at Paradice Avondale. Puck drop is set for 5pm, so get off work earlier and head along for some playoff hockey!

The winner will face the Skycity Stampede, who will be waiting and resting back home in preparation for the Birgel Cup Finals.

Here at Puck Yeah we’re trying something new this week in preparation for next season: replacing individual game recap videos with a series recap that covers both games from each matchup. It will likely include interviews next year, and perhaps a few other additions, but for now this is simply a quick test.

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Admirals v Red Devils @ Alpine Ice, Christchurch

Stampede v Swarm @ Paradice Botany Downs, Auckland

Main photo: Josh Fraser

NZIHL Round 10 Preview: The End

This is the end
My only friend
The end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end

We’ve come to the end of the regular season, and thanks to the new playoff format, four out of the five teams are still in contention to make the postseason. According to that I’m giving the new playoff format a big old tick and hope that it stays for 2019.

Now let’s break down the scenarios for what could happen and who could be still alive in the chase for the Birgel Cup at the end of the weekend.

If… the West Auckland Admirals grab maximum points in Christchurch and the Skycity Stampede take maximum points in Auckland, or the Admirals get fewer points than the Stampede, the Dunedin Thunder will head to West Auckland for the 2 v 3 playoff while the Stampede gain home ice for the Birgel Cup Finals.

Note: on equal points the Stampede hold the advantage over the Admirals due to a greater goal differential.

If… the Admirals take out maximum points against the Red Devils but the Stampede either let a game against the Swarm go to overtime or lose a game, the Thunder will travel to Queenstown to play the Stampede for the 2 v 3 playoff and the Admirals get home-ice advantage.

If… the Stampede drop both games against the Swarm in regulation and the Admirals gain just one more point than the Stampede, the Swarm will travel to Queenstown to face the Stampede while the Admirals get home-ice. If however the Admirals also gain no points, the Stampede get the advantage of home ice for the Finals and the Admirals will host the Swarm in a crosstown battle for the second finalist spot.

Understand? Did we cover all the bases? Yes. No. Maybe?

Good, it’s going to be an exciting weekend of hockey that could leave you on the edge of your seat or leave you with shorter fingernails…if that’s what you do.

Stampede v Swarm @ Paradice Botany Downs

As mentioned above there’s a lot on the line for both teams so if you’re a hockey fan in Auckland this weekend get your butts out to Botany.

The Stampede are rolling having won eight games in a row, they bring with them two top point scorers in the league in captain Matt Schneider and Mike McRae, and they will be desperate to hold onto that home-ice advantage for the Finals – the Queenstown rink is their fortress and an intimidating place for visiting teams.

Whereas the Swarm’s playoff hopes are on the line, but it won’t be an easy task as they need a weekend sweep over the defending champs to move past the Thunder. If you told Ian Wannamaker and Travis Crickard at the start of the campaign that their team would come into the final weekend with their fate in their own hands needing to win to make the postseason, I’m betting the Swarm coaching staff would be very happy with that prospect.

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Photo: Kate Harrison

Admirals v Red Devils @ Alpine Ice

Meanwhile, in the great land of the Canterbury plains, the Admirals will be not only be focused on their own goal of taking both games against the Red Devils, but they’ll also be hoping their Auckland brothers can do them a favour in taking down the Stampede and giving them home ice.

For the Red Devils, the weekend ends a disappointing season and they’d love nothing better than to play spoiler to the Admirals dreams in any way they can, which should serve as enough motivation to give their loyal fans something to really cheer about – not that they need a reason, they love their team unconditionally down there.

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Photo: Mike Froger

Tickets are still available in both Auckland & Christchurch so get yours now and of course don’t forget if you can’t make it out to the games, they will be live streamed on the NZIHL YouTube channel.

NZIHL Round 10 Game Schedule:

Skycity Stampede v Botany Swarm – Paradice Botany Downs, Auckland
Aug 4th at 4:55pm & Aug 5th at 4:40pm

West Auckland Admirals v Canterbury Red Devils – Alpine Ice, Christchurch
Aug 4th & Aug 5th at 4:40pm

NZIHL Round 9 Recap: Glory And Gore

It was derby weekend in both the North and South Islands and no one gave their regional brothers any help.

The Skycity Stampede headed East to the land of Speights and burning couches, looking to strengthen their hold on the first overall spot in the league…which they did, and more.

Along with heading home with the two wins, the Stampede reclaimed the Toa Kauhanga Riri Tio trophy off the Dunedin Thunder, whom had taken it off them back on June 16, and now Matt Schneider is sitting at the top of the NZIHL’s scoring race with 38 points. Teammate Mike McRae is second with 36, while Thunder captain Paris Heyd has 35.

For the Thunder it was a disappointing end to the regular season after such a close result in their final game – having equalised 4-4 in the closing minutes of the third period only to make McRae snatch a 5-4 victory for the Queenstowners. They now have to sit and watch the final weekend hoping they can make the playoffs. We will get to that in our round 10 preview article later this week…

Up in Auckland, the action headed along the North-Western Motorway, took the Great North Road off-ramp and out to Paradice Avondale for a possible season-defining series.

The West Auckland Admirals needed to win to keep pace with the Stampede in hope of getting the incredibly important home-ice advantage for the Birgel Cup finals, while the Botany Swarm have games in hand on the Thunder and need two wins in regulation to overtake them for third place.

The Westies did their Eastern brothers no favours taking out the first game 6-3, which featured a hat-trick by Ice Black Dale Harrop. That result was followed up by total domination in the second game on the back of Csaba Kercso-Magos’ 39-save shutout to sweep the season series 4-0 over their cross-town rivals.

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Dale Harrop does his best Zach Hyman impression. Photo: Admirals, Instagram.

The Swarm now host the Stampede in the final round with their own playoff hopes and possibly the Admirals home-ice hopes in their hands.

As we approach the final weekend of the regular season let’s get a refresh at how the teams currently sit in the standings:

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All caught up? Okay, now sit back and watch the game recaps from round 9.

JULY 27: Skycity Stampede v Dunedin Thunder

JULY 28: Botany Swarm v West Auckland Admirals

JULY 28: Skycity Stampede v Dunedin Thunder

JULY 29: Botany Swarm v West Auckland Admirals

Main photo: Kate Harrison

NZIHL Round 9 Preview: Stockholm Syndrome

I’m sick with apprehension
I’m crippled from exhaustion
And I dread the moment when you finally come to kill me

This will be a huge weekend for the four teams fighting for the three playoff spots in the NZIHL. For the first time in the league’s history, the post-season has been expanded from just the top two teams playing a best-of-3 series to now include a one-off playoff game between the second and third placed teams to decide the second finalist.

Previous seasons have seen a team start the season hot only to dip in performance towards the tail-end, yet still managing to qualify for the Birgel Cup Finals on the back of their good start. This has led to some one-sided affairs in the finals while a more consistently performing side sits in third, just a few points shy of making it through to the big dance.

The change has created added interest to the latter portions of this season with the race for spots still very much alive heading into round 9. It’s a genius move by the NZIHL and hopefully it will be a format that stays.

Swarm v Admirals @ Paradice Avondale

The final local derby of the season has some huge ramifications for both Auckland teams. Not only will the squads want to be beating each other for summer bragging rights, but the Botany Swarm need to win to keep their hopes of the final spot alive.

Sitting five points behind the Thunder, depending on what happens in Dunedin, this could make or break the Swarm’s season. For the West Auckland Admirals, their battle with the Skycity Stampede for first place and home-ice advantage could well go into the final weekend.

Expect to see superfans from both sides giving their all on the sidelines at Paradice Avondale this weekend, while their boys do the same on the ice.

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Photo: Mike Froger

Stampede v Thunder @ Dunedin Ice Stadium

The defending champs hit the road to finish their season and the first stop is Dunedin for the Thunder’s final games of the season.

At home in Queenstown, the Skycity Stampede have been a monster this season, minus the last-minute heroics of Shaun Brown and the Thunder back on June 16 that saw the Dunedin side take home the Toa Kauhanga Riri Tio challenge trophy for the first time, but the Stampede will now need to perform on the road to hold onto that very valuable home ice through to the finals series.

Colin McIntosh will return to the lineup after serving out his two-game suspension from the round 7 altercation with the Admirals.

For the Thunder, victories in their final games of the season could solidify their grip on the third and final playoff spot, not to mention retaining the TKRT trophy for the summer.

If you missed it, check out the Otago Daily Times’ excellent feature on this week’s matchup.

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Photo: Kate Harrison

Tickets are still available in both Auckland & Dunedin so get yours now and of course don’t forget if you can’t make it out to the games, they will be live streamed on the NZIHL YouTube channel.

NZIHL Round 9 Game Schedule:

Skycity Stampede v Dunedin Thunder – Dunedin Ice Stadium
July 27th at 7:00pm & July 28th at 5:30pm

Botany Swarm v West Auckland Admirals – Paradice Avondale, Auckland
July 28th & 29th at 4:40pm

Main photo: Mike Froger

NZIHL Round 8 Recap: Wigs Off To You

As the Flight of the Concords once said, “It’s business. It’s business time! I know what you’re trying to say. You’re trying to say it’s time for business.”

Yes, things have hit the business end of the NZIHL season and there were some huge moves made over the weekend in terms of playoff positioning. There was also some big moves made in the goal-scoring department with the Skycity Stampede absolutely destroying the Red Devils in Queenstown putting up 26 goals.

Included in the frenzy was captain Matt Schneider who scored his 200th NZIHL point over the weekend, enjoying 7-point games in both his side’s 13-7 victory on Friday night and the 13-4 win the following night. 14 points in two games…that is terrifying for anyone not wearing the blue and gold. Mike McRae also hit the 200 point mark during the round.

Another special moment happened during that Saturday game, when a fan threw their wig on the ice following Schneider’s hat-trick. Yes, a freaking wig… Commentators Dave Dubnick and Casey Lucas-Quaid found the funny side of it all amongst the madness.

With the two wins down south, the Stampede have now jumped to the top of the NZIHL standings with 27 points, passing the idle West Auckland Admirals (also on 27 points) due to their stronger goal differential. The Thunder took both wins in a pivotal series at The Hive against the Botany Swarm to jump into sole possession of the third and final playoff spot.

After the latest weekend, this is how the NZIHL standings look:

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These final two rounds are going to be very interesting…

The Botany Swarm find themselves in a must-win situation against cross-town rivals the West Auckland Admirals if they have a hope of returning to third position, meanwhile the Thunder will be looking for a chance to gain home-ice advantage in the penultimate second/third playoff match that will decide the second Birgel Cup finalist by upsetting the Stampede in their final games of the 2018 regular season.

Watch the game recap videos below to catch up on all the NZIHL action from Round 8.

JULY 20: Canterbury Red Devils v Skycity Stampede

JULY 21: Dunedin Thunder v Botany Swarm

JULY 21: Canterbury Red Devils v Skycity Stampede

JULY 22: Dunedin Thunder v Botany Swarm

Main photo: James Allan

NZIHL Round 8 Preview: Heads Will Roll

The men cry out the girls cry out
The men cry out the girls cry out
The men cry out, oh no
Off, off with your head

We’re getting down to the business end of the NZIHL season with only three rounds remaining for teams to get themselves in playoffs. All three teams chasing the idle West Auckland Admirals will be hoping to make up some ground on the league leaders. The standings could look very interesting come Sunday evening.

Red Devils v Stampede @ Queenstown Ice Arena

The Skycity Stampede are coming off a wild weekend against the West Auckland Admirals which resulted in four members getting suspended following the fracas. It could be a massive round for the Stampede who with two wins will find themselves jumping into first place in the standings.

Goaltender Daniel Lee is enjoying a strong string of performances after only allowing one goal over two games last week. The suspension of Colin McIntosh, the team’s leading scorer with 24 points, will have an obvious impact on the lineup but the Queenstown side also have offensive weapons Matt Schneider and Mike McRae who can undoubtedly pick up the pace on a Canterbury team with a -46 goal differential.

As for the Red Devils, they need to make the most of the trip and get some Ferg Burger. Or they could make things interesting for the playoff race if they snuck in a win? But a Southern Swine (the burger) sounds good right about now.

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Photo: Josh Fraser

Thunder v Swarm @ Paradice Botany Downs

This will be the series of the round to watch with both chasing the third and final playoff spot. Paris ‘Captain Fantastic’ Heyd is rolling at a goal a game pace with 12 goals on the year along with a four-point lead in the scoring race. Can the Botany coaching team come up with a plan to shut down the high-flying Heyd?

The Thunder need to get the points sooner rather than later as they still have a bye week ahead in the schedule which won’t help their duel with the Swarm for that final post-season spot.

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Photo: Sari Robins-Laughton

Tickets are still available in both Auckland & Queenstown so get yours now and of course don’t forget if you can’t make it out to the games, they will be live streamed on the NZIHL YouTube channel.

NZIHL Round 8 Game Schedule:

Canterbury Red Devils v Skycity Stampede – Queenstown Ice Arena
July 20th & 21st at 7:00pm

Dunedin Thunder v Botany Swarm – Paradice Botany Downs, Auckland
July 21st at 4:40pm & July 22nd at 4:55pm

Main photo: Josh Fraser 

NZIHL Round 4 Recap: Bright Lights, Big City

Bright lights and the big city
It belongs to us tonight

Round 4 of the NZIHL season was local derby round and also split across two weekends as the league stepped onto the ice under the bright lights of Spark Arena to play the curtain raiser for the Ice Hockey Classic ahead of USA v Canada.

JUNE 15

The defending champs played their first game at home in the comfy confines of the Queenstown Ice Arena and it was looking good early on – jumping out to a 2-0 lead that included a very Matt Schneider-esque goal by none other than the captain himself, Matt Schneider.

The Dunedin Thunder stayed close with the Stampede throughout the game but just couldn’t stick with them in the 3rd period as the Queenstown crew pulled away to win 5-2.

For the first time this season NZIHL leading scorer Paris Heyd was held pointless, which was one of the keys to victory for the Skycity Stampede.

JUNE 16

The first taste of Auckland’s cross-town rivalry didn’t disappoint and proved to be one of the best games of the season so far.

It was a true game of throw a punch, take a punch, and then counter punch for both teams. The Botany Swarm held a 2-0 lead but before the first period was over, the West Auckland Admirals had tied things up. Teams traded goals in the second and then the Admirals scored early in the third period with the hope of holding on to take the first victory between the 09 rivals for 2018.

However, the Swarm would not be denied as Jamie Lawrence scored late to force matters to overtime, giving the fans in attendance (and those watching on the live stream) something that’s hard to complain about, bonus hockey!

The 3-on-3 OT didn’t last long before AJ Spiller stripped Jordan Challis deep within his own zone, feeding the puck to Mike Verschuren for the game-winner.

Although the most memorable moment of the game came from an unbelievable desperation save by Swarm import goalie Colin Langham, who will likely feature in the ‘Saves of the Year’ after a last-second effort to deny Nick Henderson.

Back down in Queenstown, the mercurial Dunedin Thunder once again continued to surprise fans and opposition as they came back in the last seconds of the third period to beat the Skycity Stampede in their own barn.

Clearly a focus of the Stampede’s defensive effort, Thunder captain Paris Heyd was held scoreless for the second straight game, but on this night the rest of the team chipped in to provide depth scoring while goalie Kane Easterbrook made 32 saves. The result? Dunedin ended the weekend by claiming the Toa Kauhanga Riri Tio challenge trophy for the first time in the team’s history.

JUNE 22

What an occasion for New Zealand hockey! The fourth round ended with a matinée match between the Swarm and Admirals as the curtain raiser for Auckland’s round of the 2018 Ice Hockey Classic.

At Spark Arena the local teams came out of the gates firing, scoring 5 goals between them and thrilling the 800-plus fans who took the afternoon off work for the opportunity to witness NZ hockey on the big stage.

Admirals leading scorer Verschuren gave West Auckland a two-goal lead midway through the second before clamping things down in the third to finish off the round with a series sweep of the Swarm.

The Admirals have jumped out to a handy five-point lead at the top of the NZIHL standings while a tight three-way battle continues for second and third place, meaning the next couple of rounds will prove pivotal for the Swarm, Stampede and Thunder. As for the Canterbury Red Devils – they’re not mathematically eliminated when there’s still a lot of hockey to be played, but it’s not looking that great either.

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Main photo: Mike Froger

NZIHL Round 4 Preview: My Sweet Fracture

Could you tell me the next time that you’re choking?
‘Cause I’ll rush right over to shove some dirt right down your throat

It’s derby week in the NZIHL as the Southern teams face off and the Auckland teams go head-to-head in a split week as round four continues on next week with the West Auckland Admirals and Botany Swarm playing the curtain raiser to the Ice Hockey Classic at Spark Arena on June 22nd.

Thunder v Stampede @ Queenstown Ice Arena

The Skycity Stampede return to the comfy confines of their home rink to play at the Queenstown Ice Arena for the first time this season. There the impassioned faithful will be in full voice and for some, they’ll also don full face paint or colourful suits a la Don Cherry, creating one of the most exciting atmospheres in the NZIHL.

After destroying the Red Devils last weekend, outscoring them 24-5, the Stampede will now face a tough test against their southern rivals led by captain and league-leading scoring machine Paris Heyd.

While Heyd is on pace to score 26-27 goals within the short season, the Thunder have proven they’re not a one-trick pony with consistent contributions up and down the lineup including Egli, Orr, and Gavoille, but they’ve had trouble keeping the puck out as well. Currently Dunedin’s goal differential sits at -4, they will want to get that up to help in any tie-breaker situations as they eye up a spot in the Finals come August.

Both will enter the contest full of confidence as they ride the high of a previous big win – consider this a true test of where each team stands in the league.

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Photo: Kate Harrison

Admirals v Swarm @ Paradice Botany Downs

Speaking of tests – calling an Admirals/Swarm derby game a ‘top of the table’ clash isn’t something that’s been said very often around the Puck Yeah offices (we don’t have one), but here we are!

And that sound you hear is the West Auckland super fans filling up their hip flasks and bringing their support across town to Botany, just as long as they don’t get stuck on the motorway somewhere. The teams split the pre-season games and fans of the league have been waiting for this clash since the Swarm came flying out of the gates.

The loser of Saturday’s game will have to wait a week for any retribution as the rematch comes under the big lights of Spark Arena before the Ice Hockey Classic next Friday.

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Photo: Mike Froger

Tickets are still available in both Auckland & Queenstown so get yours now and of course don’t forget if you can’t make it out to the games, they will be live streamed on the NZIHL YouTube channel.

NZIHL Round 4 Game Schedule:

Dunedin Thunder v Skycity Stampede – Queenstown Ice Arena
June 15th & 16th at 7:00pm

West Auckland Admirals v Botany Swarm – Paradice Botany Downs
June 16th at 4:40pm

West Auckland Admirals v Botany Swarm – Spark Arena
Ice Hockey Classic / June 22nd at 3:30pm

 

NZIHL Round 3 Recap: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

For the first time this season, we got a serving of hockey on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, but once again, the score sheets were on fire with goals and penalty minutes all in abundance in Christchurch and Dunedin.

JUNE 8

The unbeaten Botany Swarm flew into Dunedin for our first taste of Friday Night Puck for 2018 and it was arguably the game of the weekend.

Teams traded goals in the first before the Dunedin Thunder ended the first period leading by a single goal, making it the first time this season the Swarm would head into the intermission behind on the scoreboard.

Botany got it back in the second period however, scoring three before import Lucas Bombardier scored his fourth point of the night with an empty-netter and the Swarm would remain undefeated in 2018, at least for now.

JUNE 9

In Christchurch, the Canterbury Red Devils were looking to build upon their encouraging effort from round 2 as they hosted the defending champion Skycity Stampede.

After a fairly even first period the Stampede led 1-0 despite being outshot 14-12 by the Red Devils. Things didn’t go so well in the second for the hosts with the Stampede having the run of play, putting three more goals in before things got really, really bad in the third…

The Stampede poured in five more tallies before Canterbury could answer back, followed swiftly by four more goals from the Southerners, the frustrations capped off with a fight between Vladislavs Balakuns & Thomas Carson-Pratt.

When the final whistle blew, the Stampede had scored 14 goals and things were ugly in the 03.

Meanwhile down State Highway 1 in Dunedin, one of the best NZIHL players in the history of the league Jordan Challis was suiting up for his 150th career game for the Swarm – a moment he would commemorate by getting on the score sheet.

But, the night would belong to a fellow Ice Black, with Paris Heyd having a five-point night, including another on the penalty kill, leading the Thunder to victory and ending the Swarm’s winning streak. Heyd finished the weekend with 10 goals and 19 points in just 6 games this season.

JUNE 10

Back in Christchurch, the Red Devils woke up on a cold Sunday morning probably thinking, “It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life, for me…and I’m feeling good.”

And indeed things started off well for the home team with Robert Banks scoring within the first three minutes of the game. It didn’t last long, however, with the Stampede quickly equalising and when the period ended with the visitors leading 5-2 it was looking like a case of Deja Vu for the home team and fans.

After trading goals in the second, the Stampede rammed home their weekend of dominance in the third scoring four more times and leaving town with two wins and doing some serious damage to Canterbury’s goal differential by scoring 24 goals to 5.

At the end of round 3 both Auckland teams currently sit a top of the standings which is perfect timing for their upcoming match-up this weekend, while the Southern teams are jammed up chasing the third spot for the all-important playoff decider for the second spot in the Birgel Cup Finals.

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Main photo: Josh Fraser

Capitals win Game 5 to secure first Stanley Cup title

The Capitals captured their first Stanley Cup title by scoring twice in the 3rd and rallying for a 4-3 win against the Golden Knights in Game 5.

Here are the Top 5 gifs.

Caps down Knights, move one win away from taking Cup

Evgeny Kuznetsov collected four assists to help the Capitals to a 6-2 win in Game 4, putting Washington one victory away from the Stanley Cup.

Here are the Top 5 gifs of Game 4.

Game 5 is Friday at 12pm

NZIHL Round 3 Preview: Younger Us

Remember when we had them all on the run
And the night we saw the midnight sun
Remember saying things like we’ll sleep when we’re dead
And thinking this feeling was never going to end

Swarm v Thunder @ Dunedin Ice Stadium

A week off and another week under the watchful eye of Travis Crickard will have the Botany Swarm buzzing heading into their weekend series against the mercurial Dunedin Thunder.

The Thunder have started the new NZIHL season looking like the French rugby team. They look down and out, make a miracle third period comeback, get blown out and then have an overtime win.

Dunedin will need to play a more controlled and structured game if they are going have a chance against the systems, speed and team game of the Swarm. Thunder goalie Kane Easterbrook also needs to put in a big performance to help his side grab their first regulation win of the season.

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Photo: Mike Froger.

Stampede v Red Devils @ Alpine Ice

Meanwhile, wounded and angry, the defending champion Skycity Stampede head to Christchurch to play the all of a sudden high-flying and full of confidence Canterbury Red Devils.

After struggling to score in the opening round, the Red Devils returned home to sweep the series against the Thunder scoring 15 goals. Import Ross Venus has looked dominant and NZIHL all-time leading scorer Chris Eaden continues to pile up the points.

The opening games for the Stampede were filled with frustration and penalty minutes, going down twice on the road to the West Auckland Admirals. Can the Stampede return to the mainland and get their first points of the season against the only other side to lift the Birgel Cup in the past six years?

Head Coach Adam Blanchette will be hoping the first hit out was just a temporary pizza sauce stain on their shirts that will get washed away with a powerful performance in the third round.

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Photo: Kate Harrison.

Tickets are still available in both Christchurch & Dunedin so get yours now and of course don’t forget if you can’t make it out to the games, they will be live streamed on the NZIHL YouTube channel.

NZIHL Round 3 Game Schedule:

Swarm v Thunder – Dunedin Ice Stadium
June 7th at 6:00pm, June 8th at 5:30pm

Stampede v Red Devils – Alpine Ice
June 8th & 9th at 4:30pm

Main photo: Kate Harrison