Stampede outclasses Thunder twice

A completely dominant Southern Stampede team showed all its class at the weekend.

It comfortably beat its southern rival, the Dunedin Thunder, across two New Zealand Ice Hockey League games in Queenstown on Friday and Saturday.

Paris Heyd managed the Thunder’s only goal of the trip, a late consolation effort late in Friday’s 7-1 thrashing.

The Thunder was unable to add to that as the Stampede held the visiting team scoreless in a 6-0 win on Saturday.

The wins extended the Stampede’s unbeaten season to 12 games.

A big second period proved key for the Queenstown-based side on Friday.

Liam Stewart gave it an early 1-0 lead, before the Stampede piled in four goals after the first break.

Matt Schneider scored twice, while Colin McIntosh and Jack Robbie added one each to completely take the game away from the Thunder.

Stewart made it 6-0 early in the third period, and while Heyd pulled one back, Stefan Amston restored the six-goal margin.

A day later, the Stampede scored two goals in each period to rack up another six-goal win.

Robbie scored twice to take his weekend total to three, while Schneider added one to make it three for the weekend as well.

Adam Soffer, Mike McRae and Maxwell Macharg all got the scoresheet to complete the rout.

The teams will meet again in Dunedin on July 30 and July 31.

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