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2018 Playing Team Trials - March 2018

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The final 2018 playing team trials were held during early March - triallists spent four sessions on the ice over a period of two weeks while team management watched and judged the squad.

The final 2018 Botany Swarm playing team will be chosen as a result of all information gathered from trials and an announcement of the final members will be made in early April.

The coach and management would like to thank everybody who participated in the trials and gave up their time to be involved in this process.

2018 NZIHL Schedule

Posted on March 12, 2018 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2018 NZIHL schedule has been finalised and can be located here.

This year, we will playing two pre-season games against the West Auckland Admirals in early May. The event details can be found here and here. As in previous years, these pre-season games are a highlight as we've all be starved of on-ice action and are ready to bring out our loudest supporting voices for the games against our cross-city rivals.

The team will then begin their regular 2018 season at home on Saturday, 26 May. Below are all Botany Swarm game details:

Saturday, 26 May SWARM -vs- RED DEVILS @ Botany I Sunday, 27 May SWARM -vs- RED DEVILS @ Botany

Friday, 8 June THUNDER -vs- SWARM @ Dunedin I Saturday, 9 June THUNDER -vs- SWARM @ Dunedin

Saturday, 16 June SWARM -vs- ADMIRALS @ Botany I Friday, 22 June SWARM -vs- ADMIRALS @ Spark Arena

Friday, 29 June STAMPEDE -vs- SWARM @ Queenstown I Saturday, 30 June STAMPEDE -vs- SWARM @ Queenstown

Saturday, 7 July RED DEVILS -vs- SWARM @ Christchurch I Sunday, 8 July RED DEVILS -vs- SWARM @ Christchurch

Saturday, 21 July SWARM -vs- THUNDER @ Botany I Sunday, 22 July SWARM -vs- THUNDER @ Botany

Saturday, 28 July ADMIRALS -vs- SWARM @ Avondale I Sunday, 29 July ADMIRALS -vs- SWARM @ Avondale

Saturday, 4 August SWARM -vs- STAMPEDE @ Botany I Sunday, 5 August SWARM -vs- STAMPEDE @ Botany


2018 NZIHL Season

Posted on February 17, 2018 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

We are counting down to our first home Botany Swarm against the Canterbury Red Devils at The Hive on Friday 25 May 2018 - it's now less than 100 days away!! The full 2018 NZIHL schedule can be found here.

The 2018 season is going to be a goodie with one of the definite highlights being the game played on Friday 22 June against the West Auckland Admirals at Spark Arena. This will be a regular season game for both Auckland teams, but will be the support act for the 2018 Ice Hockey Classic - USA -vs- Canada. Tickets for the Ice Hockey Classic are now on sale through Ticketmaster -

Launch of Botany Swarm Website

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Early in the 2018 season we will launch the new and very improved Botany Swarm website. It's only taken us 10 years to upgrade!! Here's a sneak preview of what's in store for you ....

2018 Playing Team Trials - February 2018

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm will be holding playing team trials during the early part of 2018. These trials will take the format of dry land fitness sessions in February followed by on-ice trials through March 2018. The 2018 team will be selected based on these fitness sessions and on-ice trials. The new Botany Swarm team management is dedicated to choosing the best players for the 2018 team and roster spots will be allocated accordingly.

Travis Crickard appointed Botany Swarm Assistant Coach for 2018 season

Posted on December 23, 2017 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm warmly welcomes Travis J. Crickard to the 2018 management team.

Travis has been appointed as Botany Swarm Assistant Coach.

Travis joins the Swarm next year from Kelowna, BC, Canada and the team are really privileged to have him on board to assist Head Coach, Ian Wannamaker with the 2018 season. He is currently Assistant Coach of the Kelowna Rockets, Western Hockey League – a position which he’s held for three seasons through 2014 to present. Travis’s prior coaching history has seen him develop various ice hockey strategies relative to creating structures in play through video training. He has developed technical plans and systems for coaching staff and is particularly interested in the analytical side of the game via software and video. His particular interest in goaltending is going to be a huge plus for the Botany Swarm as his appointment also covers dedicated goalie coaching for the team.

Travis is looking forward to joining the team next year and helping Ian with the 2018 Botany Swarm season.

Ian Wannamaker appointed Botany Swarm Head Coach for 2018 season

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (1)

The Botany Swarm warmly welcomes Ian Wannamaker to the 2018 management team.

Ian has been appointed as Botany Swarm Head Coach.

Ian is a well-known member of the Swarm team. For numerous years he has represented both on the ice as a player and on the bench as part of the coaching staff. He has held many coaching positions both in Canada and New Zealand and with his coaching experience combined with his coaching qualifications and educational background, puts him in a perfect position to lead the Botany Swarm through the 2018 season as Head Coach.

Ian brings respect, patience, passion and leadership to the team and will place a major focus on the future success of the Botany Swarm through the 2018 season and beyond.

Swarm vs Thunder, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July 2017

Posted on July 16, 2017 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Swarm split their weekend series with the Dunedin Thunder, falling 5-4 in a close match on Saturday, and racing ahead to take the 5-3 win in regulation on Sunday.

The first 20 minutes of Saturday's game were fairly evenly matched, with the Swarm unable to tally on a 104s 5-on-3 opportunity, and what looked like their first goal washed out due to a high stick. The Thunder scored late in the period, on a low shot off the rush from Tristan Darling that took advantage of some defensive miscues from the Swarm. The Swarm did press back immediately with some good chances before the end of the period, but were unable to tally.


The Swarm tied the game early in the second period, with a goal coming from a give-and-go between Ondrej Kozak and Ryan Widmar. The Thunder scored again to regain the lead, and the 2-1 score held for a while.


Another couple of PP chances for the Swarm saw them pot one on the man advantage to tie the score up again, but the Thunder once more scored to regain the lead almost immediately. A strong effort from the Swarm saw them kill off a penalty and they ended the period with a couple of good chances.


Going into the third period, the Swarm once again evened the score early on, with Ryan Widmar scoring an aboslute beauty from below the circles. That tie held for a while before a goal from the Thunder's Leahy from the blue line saw them regain the lead. A great set of moves from Alex Mitsionis to deke around Thunder goalie Daniel Lee tied the game again, and the Swarm appeared to have an edge in chances and possession for a few shifts after that.


The 4-4 tie held until late in the period, when a bench minor for delay of game saw the Thunder take advantage of a PP to once again score the go-ahead goal as Joe Orr potted the eventual game winner.


Sunday's game, in contrast, saw a much more dominant effort from the Swarm, and they made that clearly early on by scoring less than 30s into the opening frame, as Robin Vortanov jammed the puck past Kane Easterbrook to punctuate a hard-working shift from his line.


Several powerplays for the Swarm followed as the Thunder took a couple of back-to-back penalties, but they were unable to score on them until halfway through the period, when Mitsionis picked up his second of the weekend on the PP.


The Swarm found some penalty trouble of their own after that, with several back-to-back penalties of their own. The PKers did an impressive job and closed out the period by further frustrating the Thunder to send the home side into the locker room with a 2-0 lead.


The Thunder got within one early in the second period, and the 2-1 score held for most of it. While there were fewer penalties that period, both teams spent their share of time in the box, and the Thunder tied the score on a shot just as a penalty for the Swarm was expiring, as Paris Heyd got an unchallenged shot off from the right circle and beat Swarm goalie Alain Giauque.


The Swarm came out for the third period Sunday ready to put the game away, and they made a statement with another early goal, as Logan Fraser scored just 29s into the period, getting the puck past Eastbrook to regain the lead for the home side.


The fourth goal for the Swarm came in a scramble in front of the goal mouth, with Ryan Widmar getting credit on the shot, and the fifth was a perfectly placed deflection by Lewis Commons off an excellent shot-pass from Kyle Jonsson.


The Thunder were able to claw one back with about twelve minutes left, and the last six minutes especially were a high-octane adrenaline-rush with dangerous chances going both ways.


The Swarm will be at home again next weekend, taking on the SKYCITY Stampede - just a fraction earlier, with puck drop scheduled for 4.45pm both days.

Swarm vs Devils, Sunday 11 June 2017: 7-0 Win

Posted on June 11, 2017 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Swarm had a great bounce-back win on Sunday June 11th, notching their first home win of the season in a 7-0 shutout of the Canterbury Red Devils.

The first period saw no action on the scoreboard but plenty on the ice, as both teams brought a more physical game to the second match of the weekend. The Swarm appeared to have the edge in possession and chances, but were not able to capitalise early.


The first goal came early in the second period, after a hard-working shift that saw all the skaters touch the puck on a long cycle before Ohio native Alex Mitsionis jammed the puck in off a shot from Alexandr Polozov at the blue line.


Just 20s later, Swarm veteran Michael Attwell scored on a nice shot off the rush, with the assist going to Robin Vortanov.


That 2-0 score held for much of the middle frame, as both sides picked up their first penalties of the match. With just under 2min remaining in the period, the Red Devils were called for a holding penalty and then a trip off the faceoff, giving the Swarm a lengthy 5-on-3. They did not take long to capitalise, with import Max Hadraschek wiring it in from below the circles to bring the score to 3-0.


Mitsionis added a second goal early in the third period, scoring unassisted off a turnover behind Canterbury's net. At this point the visitors elected to make a goalie change, with Damien King coming out and Richard Bigsby going in in relief.


Just like Saturday, the Swarm appeared to be coring in bunches, and only about two minutes later added their fifth, as KC Ball tipped in a perfectly set up cross-crease pass from Alexandr Polozov. The sixth goal was only thirty seconds latter, as Attwell scored his second of the night, also unassisted.


Not content to rest on their laurels, the Swarm added a seventh and final goal with just over five minutes remaining, as Kyle Jonsson put a perfectly placed shot into the net after picking up the rebound of a shot from Lewis Commons that Bigsby had only just made the save on.


Swarm goalie Alain Giauque picked up his first shutout of the season; Mitsionis had his second consecutive 3-point night, and Attwell, Vortanov, Polozov and Andrew Hay each had 2 points on the night.


The Swarm have the bye next weekend, but will play their next games June 23rd and 24th in Queenstown vs the Stampede.

Swarm vs Devils, Saturday 10 June 2017: 6-5 SO Loss

Posted on June 10, 2017 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm suffered a narrow loss in the shootout Saturday evening at Paradice Botany, going down 6-5 to the visiting Canterbury Red Devils.

Belying the final score, the Swarm had the majority of the chances and zone time through the whole game, with 67 shots attempted to the Devils' 28.


The Swarm applied plenty of pressure and got a fair number of chances, but had more than a few pucks that were unlucky to not go in through a maze of sticks and bodies in front of the opposition net. The Red Devils also did an impressive job of clogging up shooting lanes and collapsing in to defend their goal.


The Swarm took an early lead in the first, scoring at the end of an extended period of offensive zone pressure during the Swarm's lone powerplay of the period, just after returning to even strength. Alex Mitsionis made a great move, wrapping the puck around the post and in from below the goal line.

Early in the second, the Red Devils tied it up, before the Swarm regained their lead with two goals in 10s from Ondrej Kozak and Max Hadraschek, the results of consistent pressure in the offensive zone. The Swarm appeared to have the majority of chances in this period in particular, and were noticeable in their success at puck retrieval and forcing turnovers.

In what seemed to be the pattern for the evening, this lead was not safe as the Devils first got within one with a powerplay goal from Christoph Hechtl, and then tied it up again at 3-3 a few minutes later on a shot from the veteran Chris Eaden.


The Swarm went ahead with 2 minutes remaining in the second on a second goal from Mitsionis, squeaking through Canterbury goaltender Damien King's pads, and they had a flurry of further chances to finish out the period.

The third period was an exciting one, with the Devils tying it up at four a piece before Mitsionis scored a spectacular goal to make it 5-4 and notch the hat-trick, with just 2 minutes left in regulation. The Swarm fans's exuberance in response was short-lived, though, as the Devils went the other way off the next faceoff to tie it up once again.


The 3-on-3 overtime proceeded with no change in the score, despite some solid chances for the home team. The shootout saw goals from Eaden, Mitsionis and Hechtl, which gave the 2-1 edge and winning margin to the Devils.


The two sides will meet again tomorrow at Botany with puck drop again at 4.55pm.