Ice hockey: Southern Stampede’s aim to tame

The Southern Stampede will look to continue its dominance in the New Zealand Ice Hockey League when it travels to Christchurch to play the Canterbury Red Devils this weekend.

The Queenstown-based side is the runaway leader in the five-team competition, nine points clear of the second-placed Red Devils with nine wins from 10 matches.

The Red Devils have won five of their 10 matches and are one point ahead of the third-placed Botany Swarm with two games in hand.

The two sides have met already this season, when the Stampede dished out a 6-0 defeat to the Canterbury side in game one in Queenstown, before going down 3-2 in overtime in game two.

The Stampede will return to Queenstown to play the Swarm next week, before finishing its season with a double-header against the West Auckland Admirals in Auckland.

Meanwhile, the Dunedin Thunder will be hoping to create a contest for the wooden spoon when it plays the Admirals in Auckland this weekend.

The Thunder is well and truly at the bottom of the table with one win from 10 games, nine points behind the fourth-placed Admirals.

A couple of wins would see it narrow the gap between the two sides but any further losses would just about guarantee the side bottom spot in 2016.

The Thunder hosts the Red Devils at the Dunedin Ice Stadium next weekend, before welcoming the Admirals to the city in the final round.

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