Stampede continues

Seven became eight for both the South's ice hockey teams on Saturday.

However, that could not have been for more contrasting reasons.

The Stampede notched its eighth consecutive national league win as it edged the Botany Swarm 2-1.

However, the Dunedin Thunder was condemned to its eighth loss in a row, beaten 5-1 by the Canterbury Red Devils.

The Stampede, which had its only loss of the season to the Swarm, had to come from behind to snatch victory in Auckland.

It trailed 1-0 after Ondrej Kodak poked one in for the Swarm early in the second period.

But Thomas Carson-Pratt equalised early in the third, capitalising on a Swarm error.

It took until the final five minutes to score the winner.

Remy Sandoy took the puck behind the goal and passed back to Connor Harrison, who netted.

The Thunder's playoff hopes ended in Christchurch.

Liam Dallimore gave Canterbury a first-period lead before Joe Orr hit back for the Thunder early in the second.

It was all Red Devils from there.

Robert Banks and Kieran Higgins scored to make it 3-1 at the end of the second period.

Banks then added a second, and Mason Rees made it five for the hosts in the final period

Last night the Thunder avenged its loss when it scored two late goals to win 5-4.

Meanwhile, the Stampede claimed a more convincing 7-3 victory.

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