Game 8: Red Devils at Swarm, 26 June 2016

Posted on June 26, 2016 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm have lost Sunday's Toa Kauhanga Riri Tio match to the Canterbury Red Devils, in a rollercoaster of a game which saw multiple lead changes, and a literal last-minute goal for the visitors which won them the game, the points and the trophy.


The Swarm began the game with some strong offensive pressure, but a series of minor penalties for both sides meant that much of the first period was played by special teams, with multiple 4-on-4 shifts.



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Game 7: Red Devils vs Swarm, 25 June 2016

Posted on June 25, 2016 at 5:30 AM Comments comments (0)



The Swarm suffered a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Canterbury Red Devils Saturday night in Botany, as a closely matched back-and-forth game ended in favour of the visitors.


The Devils were first on the board in P1, with a goal coming off a rush. Swarm goaltender Alain Giauque warded off the first couple of shots, but a rebound was collected by Liam Dallimore and he squeezed it in between Giauque’s skate and the post.


The S...

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Game 6: Swarm at Thunder, 19 June 2016

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The Swarm will return to Auckland with two regulation wins and all six points available from the weekend's games in Dunedin.


The first period saw plenty of scoring chances and some great saves and good defense from both the Swarm and the Thunder, but no goals for either.


The Swarm were first on the board in the second, scoring off the rush as Oliver Hay making a nice move around a defender sending the puck between his legs, before firing the puc...

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Game 5: Swarm at Thunder, 18 June 2016

Posted on June 18, 2016 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Swarm picked up their first regulation win of the year in a wild back and forth game in Dunedin that saw them win by a final score of 7-5.


They had an illustrious start, killing off an early penalty, and following that up with a goal from Teemu Rantanen, who sent a bouncing puck in from the blue line which fooled Dunedin Thunder goaltender Villem-Henrik Koitmaa.


A penalty to the Thunder in the final few minutes of the period saw the Swarm st...

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Game 4: Swarm at Admirals, 12 June 2016

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)



A fast and furious Auckland derby went down to the wire as the Swarm won 5-4 in overtime, for their first win of the year and to take Toa Kauhanga Riri Tio back home to Botany again.


The first ten minutes of action was largely even, with chances going back and forth as each team took a cautious approach. A penalty to David Lindgren midway through period one saw the Swarm go on the kill, with some great defensive work from the PKers. Jordan Challis ...

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Game 3: Swarm at Admirals, 11 June 2016

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)



The Admirals won a commanding 5-2 victory over the Swarm in the first Auckland derby match of the 2016 regular season.


The Admirals jumped out to a daunting 3-0 lead in the first period, taking advantage of some miscues and turnovers to score on the visitors and cashing in on the lack of discipline that saw the Swarm land in the penalty box a few times in quick succession.


In contrast, the first half of the period featured plenty...

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Game 2: Stampede at Swarm 5 June 2016

Posted on June 6, 2016 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Sunday's rematch between the Botany Swarm and the Skycity Stampede saw some fireworks, and a more lopsided score, as the visitors prevailed 5-2 over the Swarm.


After a tight game on Saturday that saw the visitors just pip the Swarm at the post, winning 4-3, Sunday's game promised to have plenty of passion as the Swarm knew they would have to come out strong.


The first period featured some great end to end action, with some breathtaking chances for both si...

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Game 1: Stampede at Swarm 4 June 2016

Posted on June 4, 2016 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm fell just short of forcing overtime in a 4-3 regulation loss to the Skycity Stampede Saturday in Auckland. The match was tightly contested and neither team was able to put more than a one goal lead on the board.

The Swarm were first on the board, with a beautiful give and go between Alex Polozov and Sami Saastamoinen giving Polozov the chance to bury it just three minutes into the game. The teams traded chances after that, but the Stampede were able to tie i...

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Admirals Weather the Swarm

Posted on August 8, 2015 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

In the last week of the regular season, the Admirals took early honours in the Auckland derby, winning 5-2 over the Swarm on Saturday.

The Admirals were first on the board, with Travis McMaster squeezing the puck under Alain Giauque's pads to give them their first goal, but the Swarm were able to equalise only a few seconds later, with Ian Wannamaker picking up the rebound of Michael Attwell's shot to tie the score at 1-1 on the very next shift.


The Admira...

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Swarm Win TKRT From Devils

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm and Canterbury Red Devils split their weekend matches, with Canterbury winning 11-3 on the Saturday, and the Swarm coming back to take a 5-4 victory in overtime on Sunday.

Sunday’s win means the Toa Kauhanga Riri Tio trophy will move from Christchurch – where the Red Devils had successfully defended it for almost a year – up to Auckland with the Swarm.

In Saturday’s game, the Devils were first on the board, scoring five minu...

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