Grizzlies to work on cohesion after tough day

Mine. . . Gore Grizzlies player Scott Balneaves contests the puck with several Alexandra Flames players during a Southern Leagure non-checking game in Gore on Saturday. PHOTO: SANDY EGGLESTON

The Gore Grizzlies might have been winless but the scores were close in the Southern League’s round of ice hockey games played in Gore on Saturday.

The Grizzlies went down 3-5 to the Queenstown Goldrush and 4-7 to the Alexandra Flames in the senior non-checking competition.

Player coach Todd Christie said that individually the team members played well.

“Our biggest weakness was our team was not as cohesive as we could have been.

“We need more practice as a team.”

The players had kept calm under pressure.

“We played some good clean hockey.”

Before the second game against the Flames, two of the team left to play rugby.

“A couple of other people came along and joined in for that game which eased the pressure.”

In the second game, the contest was close until the third period.

“Midway through the third period our Gore boys ran out of legs, ran out of steam, and Alexandra capitalised on that because they were not running out of gas and they got on top of us.”