By GUY WILLIAMS
The curtain descended on the Wakatipu Wild’s season with a climactic end to a three-game exhibition series against Canterbury Inferno on Sunday.
In the Queenstown women’s ice hockey team’s first games at home since its formation last year, Wild bounced back from a 7-2 loss last Friday with a 5-2 victory the next day, only to be pipped 1-0 by Inferno on Sunday.
The series turned out to be the Wild’s swansong for the year after the New Zealand Women’s Ice Hockey League decided to can the finals series scheduled for the resort next month.
The league says the cancellation was due to the ‘‘continued impact of Covid-19 restrictions, logistical challenges and increasing costs to the league and its players’’.
Wild coach Colin McIntosh says it’s ‘‘definitely not what any of the women, coaches or management wanted to hear’’.
‘‘We want to play as many games as possible, so we’re up for anything … it’s unfortunate for hockey as a whole.’’