|Posted on October 5, 2011 at 5:55 AM|
Botany Swarm vs Southern Stampede
Paradice Botany Rink – Saturday 28 August 2011
The evening opened with special guest singer David Wallace who lead the crowd in the NationalAnthem in Maori and English.
A ceremonial puck drop followed by Libby-Jean Hay - one of two New Zealanders qualified for the2012 Youth Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria.
The NZIHL grand final pitted the defending champions (The Botany Swarm) against the SouthernStampede. The game began with both teams playing at high intensity, scoring did not open until thefinal four minutes of the first period when Ian Wannamaker won the face off to Josh Hay who madea onetime slap shot and beat the goaltender clean.
The Stampede equalized the score soon after with a goal by Mlivic assisted by Zizian to end the firstperiod 1-1.
The second period was a scoreless frame in which both teams had equal penalty minutes but theSwarm more than doubled the Stampede’s shots on goal.
The third period saw a lead change, with Stampede Captain Simon Glass scoring at the 17.38 mark.Glass came down the wing and let a slap shot go that beat Zak Nothling between the legs.
After a few minutes the swarm responded with two goals in quick succession from Polozov (comingaround the back of the goal) unassisted and KC Ball assisted by Martin Lee and Charlie Huber. Athird goal from Brian Moseley cemented the Swarm’s lead. Hope was resparked for The Stampedewith a goal by Brett Speirs who took a pass from Zizian from the corner, a onetime shot from the slotto bring the score to 4-3 to the Swarm with just 5.58 on the clock.
The Swarm victory was sealed by a goal from Polozov assisted by Jordan Challis to bring the finalscore to 5 – 3.
The Swarm was presented the Birgel Cup and are now the NZIHL champions for 2011, the 4th time inthe New Zealand Ice Hockey League’s history of 7 years.
MVP for the final was Alexandr Polozov, Swarm #16
Shots on goal:
Swarm 47: Stampede 24