Queenstown Ranger’s Matt Stewart can only look on as team-mate Jamie Moore-Carter skates past him while temporarily turning out for rivals Gore.
Moore-Carter was one of a handful of Rangers players loaned to the visitors at the Fun Centre last Saturday when the opposition showed up a few men short.
The Queenstowners thrashed Gore 9-1 and despatched Dunedin 8-1 during the ice hockey national league warm-ups.
And Rangers player-coach Stacey Rout was delighted that Moore-Carter, 23, a left-wing forward and former Ice Black, was a standout for both Queenstown and Gore.
“Jamie looked very sharp playing for us and also caused us a lot of grief when he pulled on an opposition shirt,” Rout says.
“He’s just back after a year out to pursue other interests and he’s looking even fitter and more focussed than before.
“I hope it won’t be long before he returns to the Ice Blacks.”
Rangers are next in action a week on Saturday at Gore.
Rout says he’s happy with the way the players are shaping up, with Southern Stampede’s season due to start on June 5.