|Blunden the sharpshooter in Shooting Accuracy
The CBR Brave’s Stephen Blunden has taken out the Haigh & Hastings AIHL All-Star Shooting Accuracy Challenge with a blistering heat of 18.91 seconds at the Penrith Ice Palace on Saturday night.
Blunden was dominant, finishing with the fastest (18.91) and third fastest times (20.40) in the competition, with the times split by Team Armstrong teammate Robert Haselhurst at 20.04 seconds.
Claiming the title of the AIHL’s most accurate shooter with the win, Blunden remained humble.
“I wouldn’t call myself that, but yeah it feels pretty good,” Blunden said.
His heat time of 18.91 is second fastest in the AIHL All-Star history, bettered only by Josef Rezek’s time in 2015 of 17.12 seconds.
However, it was a strong performance from Blunden, who was right up there in 2015 as well.
“It wasn’t too bad,” Blunden said. “I think I got lucky in the first one. I couldn’t repeat my time during the second round but I’ll take it.”
Team Armstrong took the skills event out to a 7-5 lead over Team Schlamp.
Heat 1 - Robert Haselhurst (Team Armstrong) – 20.04 seconds – defeated Ryan Annesley (Team Schlamp) – 30.15 seconds
Heat 2 – Stephen Blunden (Team Armstrong) – 18.91 seconds – defeated Nic Kawasaki (Team Schlamp) – 25.48 seconds
Heat 3 – Mark Higgins (Team Schlamp) – 33.10 seconds – defeated Pat O’Kane (Team Armstrong) - Forfeit
Heat 4 – Ben Breault (Team Schlamp) – 29.18 – defeated Michael Dorr (Team Armstrong) – 38.89 seconds
Final – Stephen Blunden (Team Armstrong) – 20.04 seconds – defeated Nic Kawasaki (Team Schlamp) – 33.97 seconds