Stampede’s late surge on ice could see Queenstown finals

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Ice hockey team Southern Stampede could bring the finals home to Queenstown by winning their remaining games. 

The Queenstown team have again risen like a phoenix from the ashes in this year’s New Zealand Ice Hockey League. 

They impressed with a double-header win over last year’s champions Botany Swarm at the Queenstown Ice Arena last weekend. The 9-3 victory last Friday night and a dramatic 3-2 comeback win on the Saturday stretched their unbeaten run to four games. 

It means they could top the table by winning double-headers away against West Auckland Admirals and Canterbury Red Devils. The Stampede will make the finals by winning three of four games. 

Captain Simon Glass says: “We’re pretty determined to have a home final – we’ve got great support down here. 

“Hopefully our team can stay healthy and we can keep this momentum up because the Queenstown rink is smaller, which suits our physical style. 

“It includes beating first-placed Canterbury. So it’s a big ask but the boys are up for it.”