Cam Frear, coach of Queenstown’s SkyCity Stampede ice hockey side, is ‘‘pretty happy’’ with season-opening back-to-back wins despite the closeness of the scores.

Stampede won the first game on home ice against West Auckland Admirals 4-3 after a penalty shootout, then the second 6-5 after being 6-3 ahead.


‘‘In the first game we started a little bit slow and it took a while to find our feet and then the second game we probably started a bit better and then … let up towards the end and made it a lot closer than it needed to be.

‘‘Sometimes those close games are kind of what you need early in the season.’’

Having conceded three goals in power plays in the second game with players in the penalty box, Frear admits ‘‘we definitely have to work on our discipline, like, pretty much all of the good teams in this league have a good power play’’.

‘Take that’: Stampede’s Axel Ruski- Jones flattens West Auckland Ad mirals’ Ben Stephen during last Friday’s game at the Queenstown Ice Arena PICTURE: JAMES ALLAN PHOTOGRAPHY

He says Admirals-turned-Stampede player Jordan Challis was ‘‘huge’’ for his game-tying goal in the first game 40 seconds from the end of regular time.

Stampede travel to Dunedin to play Phoenix Thunder tonight and tomorrow with Frear expecting two tough games.

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