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Game 13: Swarm at Stampede, Friday 29 July 2016

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

In a wild game that saw plenty of special teams action and something of a war of attrition on both sides, the SKYCITY Stampede maintained their reputation as the team to beat winning 4-3 in regulation over the Botany Swarm in Queenstown Friday night.


Despite being outshot 41-23 by the visitors, the Stampede never trailed in the game, picking up the first goal midway through period one on a shot from captain Matt Schneider, in his first game back after missing several due to...

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Game 12: Admirals at Swarm, 17 July 2016

Posted on July 17, 2016 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm picked up two consecutive home wins for the first time this season, beating the West Auckland Admirals 5-3 in Sunday's game to take the full six points from their last home weekend of the season.


As with Saturday's game, it was a tightly-contested and close match throughout, and despite some solid scoring chances, neither team was able to tally a point in the opening 20 minutes. Both teams were picking their chances and laying the body in some big hits from...

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Game 11: Admirals at Swarm, 16 July 2016

Posted on July 16, 2016 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Botany Swarm came back with a monster third period to win Saturday's Auckland derby match 7-4 over the West Auckland Admirals.


It was a rollercoaster of a game, with the lead changing several times, and some big hits and huge plays from both sides. The Swarm took an early lead, as Jamie Lawrence scored with 1s remaining on a powerplay, going bar-down with a shot that snuck past Admirals goaltender Csaba Kercso-Magos.


The Admirals were able to tie up ...

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Game 10: Thunder at Swarm, 10 July 2016

Posted on July 10, 2016 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The Dunedin Thunder notched their first win of the season as they beat the Botany Swarm by a final score of 5-4, with the game-winner coming from Gints Leitis in the final minute of regulation of an incredibly hard-fought game.


The Thunder started well, getting on the board early in P1 as Lachlan Frear scored a powerplay goal.


The Swarm responded with strong offensive pressure, but Thunder goalie Villem-Henrik Koitmaa defended his net well with several st...

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Game 9: Thunder at Swarm, 9 July 2016

Posted on July 9, 2016 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

It was scorers in the spotlight across the NZIHL today, and the Botany Swarm did their part to contribute, taking a 9-3 victory at home over the Dunedin Thunder.


The Swarm were first on the board, scoring at even strength as Ritchie Hopkinson and Stephen Mawson combined to get Thunder goalie Villem-Henrik Koitmaa down in the butterfly and knocked the puck in over his pads.


A few minutes later, Thunder defenseman David Ferrari was assessed a 5 minute major...

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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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Congratulations to KC Ball on 150 Games!

Posted on June 23, 2016 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This Saturday’s match against the Canterbury Red Devils is a hugely significant one for Botany Swarm veteran forward KC Ball, who will play his 150th NZIHL game in a career which spans 12 seasons.



KC has been a key member of the Swarm ever since their inaugural season in the NZIHL back in 2005. Since then, he has gone on to become Swarm’s all-time leading scorer in goals (64), assists (94) and points (158). He is currently 4th all-time in NZ...

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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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