That’s 200 points


SkyCity Stampede captain Matt Schneider joined the 200-points club as his team smashed 26 goals against Canterbury Red Devils in two games last weekend.

Queenstown ice hockey star Schneider scored five on Friday night, with two assists, as Stampede won 13-7 at Queenstown Ice Arena.

The Canadian then bagged another three goals and four assists on Saturday, as Stampede exorcised the Devils 13-4.

The 14-point weekend means he’s scored an impressive 200 points in the league since joining the Stampede back in the 2011-12 season.

Schneider says he had no clue he reached the 200-points mark until teammate Mike McRae, who has also recently crossed over the mark, filled him in after the game.

“Looking back, it has put it into perspective that it’s a pretty good achievement,” he says.

“It has been a good season. A bit of a slow start but we have come together now and are looking forward to the last games.

“Hopefully if we win all four, we can take the first-place spot. That is definitely the goal.”

The two victories see Stampede top the table of the New Zealand Ice Hockey League with four games remaining.

They’re level on 27 points with West Auckland Admirals but have a 32+ better goal difference.

But there’s still all to play for. The league has introduced a play-off format this year – which means the teams who finish second and third face each other for a finals berth.

Stampede travel this weekend to play Dunedin Thunder, who sit third with 18 points and two games remaining.

They then face Botany Swarm, currently fourth with 16 points and four games remaining.

By then, all four Stampede players who were suspended after a brawl against the Admirals a fortnight ago will be back.