The Stampede emerged a convincing winner in the weekend's southern ice hockey derby.
Two teams on very different trajectories will battle for regional supremacy at the Dunedin Ice Stadium over the next two nights.
The Thunder claimed a resounding 8-1 victory in a dominant display against the Canterbury Red Devils last night.
The Stampede has surged to the top of the national league table after two resounding wins over the Canterbury Red Devils in Christchurch at the weekend.
The son of rock legend Rod Stewart and Kiwi supermodel Rachel Hunter made an impressive debut for his Queenstown ice hockey team as they triumphed in a season-opening double header.
Stampede's interim coach expects a standout level of ice hockey in this season's national league as the Queenstown team gears up for its season opener tonight.
Justin Daigle, of the West Auckland Admirals (left), gives Joe Orr, of the Dunedin Thunder, a shove during a New Zealand Ice Hockey League game at the Dunedin Ice Stadium...
The New Zealand Ice Blacks have recorded a win and a loss at the IIHF Division 2B World Championship in Mexico City.
The New Zealand ice hockey team beat Croatia 5-1 in its final game but had to settle for silver at the IIHF division two B world championships in Romania.
The Ice Fernz delivered host nation Romania a lesson on the ice with a 7-1 victory at the IIHF Division two B tournament over the weekend.