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Swarm vs Thunder, Saturday + Sunday July 16th and 17th, 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 som...

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Swarm vs Devils, Sunday 11/06/17: 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 h...

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Swarm vs Devils, Saturday 10/06/17: 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 bo...

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2017 Import Players

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (1)

The Botany Swarm will welcome four new imports for the 2017 season; three forwards and one defenseman.


Defenseman Petr Zítka hails from the Czech Republic, and is a 6'1 left-handed shot. He has played the previous ten seasons in the Czech U18 and U20 leagues, before moving between the Czech 2nd and 3rd divisions with SK Horacka Slavia Trebic, HC Chotebor and HC Havlickuv Brod.


He posted a career-high 9 points in 2012 with HC Chotebor, but the strength of his game is...

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Thank You Andreas Kaisser!

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 10:40 PM

The 2017 Botany Swarm will take the ice for their 13th season with a host of changes in store as they seek their fifth Birgel Cup.

After 11 seasons on the bench, head coach Andreas Kaißer has stepped down, and will be replaced by former Swarm alumnus Brandon Contratto.


Andreas coached the team to all four of their previous Birgel Cup victories, holds the NZIHL record for games coached with 151, and for wins with 85. He also holds the NZIHL record f...

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