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Alpine Ice Sports Centre, Christchurch
October 2nd, 2004 1500 NZT

In a disappointing end to the season, the Rink Rats were blown away in the third period by the emerging Dukes 11-2 in the second game of the best-of-three 2004 A&H Finals.

Reaching their fifth finals-series in six years of club existence, the Rodents have only walked away A&H Champions once (2001).

Missing key players Dion Bunt (NZ IN-Line Championships) and Louis Tremblay (overseas) as well as their new coach, the Rats were holding their own at the end of the second stanza, down only three goals (0-3).

A fired up captain Ernie Hayes, as well as a dressing-shed visit by Rodents legend Ian Bell, saw the Rink Rats come out with the best of intentions, but without the firepower to compete against the young legs of the Dukes. By having to press hard and take offensive chances, the game opened up and played right into the hands of the Dukes, who were clinical in finishing off any chances that came their way.

A number of Rodents missed open-net opportunities, and a least four shots deflected off the pipework. A goal early in the third may well have been the difference between stemming the tide and what happened - which was the opening the floodgates.

The better team won both games, and the Rodents have a long hot summer to ponder answers to the many questions they were asked on the ice by a younger, fitter and hungrier team.

CIHA Awards night is Sunday October 10th, and a report of the winners will be posted on this web site.

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